UPDATE, 7 a.m. Friday: Firefighters report continued progress against the Hunters fire, with 90 percent containment as of Friday morning. Full containment still is expected by Monday.
MARIPOSA COUNTY Lower temperatures and lighter winds have helped firefighters continue to make gains on the Hunters fire. As of Thursday evening, the fire near the south shore of Lake McClure was 80 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
“Firefighters continue to make good progress,” said Dennis Mathiesen, Cal Fire spokesman. “Weather conditions have improved and are expected to be in our favor for the next few days.”
Gaylene Marquez, who lives in Mariposa and had evacuated her home earlier this week, said from her view about 7 miles away, the 677-acre fire appears to be mostly out. “They are still putting water over it,” she said.
The fire broke out Monday afternoon and quickly grew that day before firefighters got a handle on it. At one point, more than 900 firefighters were battling the blaze, including a Stanislaus County strike team. That number was down to 764 by Thursday evening.
Officials don’t anticipate any change in the fire’s perimeter. Winds are expected to decrease, and firefighters are mopping up while patrolling for any possible hot spots.