It took firefighters four hours to extinguish a blaze fed by heavy brush near the Stanislaus River Tuesday evening.
According to a press release from Modesto Regional Fire Battalion Chief Randy Anderson, firefighters were dispatched to a vegetation fire near the end of Kiernan Road at 18:11 p.m.
A total of 14 firefighters, two water tenders and three brush/grass rigs responded from Modesto Regional, Ripon and Woodland Avenue fire departments.
Crews got a solid line around the fire, which consumed about a half-acre. Because of the dense brush and trees, crews had to use chainsaws and hand tools to get the fire out completely, Anderson said.
Crews remained on scene for more than four hours.
Even with the cooler temperatures the area has been seeing, officials remind residents that vegetation is still dry and fire can spread quickly.