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Grayson fire evacuation ends quickly

cwinterfeldt@modbee.com

Homes in Grayson were evacuated as a fire Sunday afternoon threatened the small town in western Stanislaus County.

The blaze, starting just before 4 p.m., swept through trees and vegetation alongside the San Joaquin River, just east of Grayson, and jumped to the south side of Grayson Road.

Local fire protection crews, assisted by water drops from a Cal Fire helicopter, brought the fire under control by Sunday evening. An estimated 30 to 50 acres were burned.

A hay barn and outbuildings suffered extensive damage. No homes were destroyed and no one was injured, said Stanislaus County Fire Warden Dale Skiles. The fire resulted in road closures in the area.

About 150 personnel from fire departments throughout Stanislaus County, plus units from San Joaquin County, responded to the major incident. At about 6:40 p.m., fire officials were close to allowing residents to return to their homes.

About two-dozen homes on Stakes Street were evacuated. Grayson’s community center was opened for evacuated residents; the American Red Cross provided water and refreshments for the adults and children.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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