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June 11, 2014

Another wildfire breaks out in Mariposa County

A fire sparked Tuesday afternoon near Coulterville has grown to 130 acres, authorities said.

A fire sparked Tuesday afternoon near Coulterville has grown to 130 acres, authorities said.

The Haigh fire, as it has been named, was reported at 3:11 p.m. along Highway 49 and Haigh Road north of Coulterville, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

By Wednesday evening, 330 firefighters had been dispatched to the site; they had the blaze 65 percent contained. One airtanker and four helicopters were assisting.

“The fire is burning in heavy brush,” Cal Fire said in an update on its website. “Extreme temperatures and dry conditions allowed the fire to burn very actively.”

No structures have been damaged. One minor injury has been reported.

Cause of the fire is under investigation, Cal Fire said.

It’s the third wildfire in Mariposa County in recent weeks.

The Valley fire, which broke out June 6, was extinguished two days later. It consumed 90 acres and briefly resulted in evacuations in the Hunters Valley Road area near Lake McClure.

The Hunter fire, in the same area as the Valley fire, was reported on Memorial Day and took a week to extinguish. It grew to 677 acres, including two outbuildings and one vacant residence. Nine people suffered minor injuries. Residents in the area were evacuated for two days.

Neighboring Tuolumne County also has experienced two fires in what’s shaping up to be a busy wildfire season.

The 59 fire, reported June 4, burned across 487 acres before firefighters got it out the following day. And the Hetch Hetchy fire, near Don Pedro Reservoir, consumed 269 acres, according to Cal Fire. It broke out June 5 and was extinguished the following day.

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