Separate grass fires about three miles apart west of Turlock kept fire crews busy Wednesday afternoon.
Keyes Fire Protection District had sent a water tender and a fire truck to help Mountain View firefighters with a blaze on Bliss Road, when another fire was reported just before 3 p.m. in Keyes’ own area near Moffett and E. Tuolumne roads.
The latter grew to seven acres and threatened an orchard and a barn – singed a corner of it, actually – so more units from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and the Ceres and Modesto fire departments rushed to help. The Turlock Irrigation District flooded part of a field to help contain the fire, Keyes fire Chief Erik Klevmyr said.
Fire investigators are looking into the causes of both.