Salmon Fire burns near Folsom Lake, prompts concerns for upcoming fire season

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9:30 a.m.

Photo of the burn scar from the Salmon Fire, courtesy of Cal Fire.

Cal Fire reports firefighters have fully contained the Salmon Fire.

(Monday, May 3)

8:08 a.m.

The Salmon Fire has burned 32 acres and is 90% contained, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire has reported one minor injury to a firefighter.

(Sunday, May 2)

10:45 a.m.

According to Cal Fire, the Salmon Fire has burned 32 acres and is at 40% containment after firefighters worked through the night and Sunday morning.

Fire crews say they will focus on strengthening containment lines and mopping up hot spots.

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PILOT HILL, Calif. (KTXL) — The Salmon Fire Saturday marked the second wildfire in the region this week, which has fire crews worried about what this wildfire season has in store.

Cal Fire crews responded to the vegetation fire near the Salmon Falls Bridge in Pilot Hill.

It is the second fire this week to start, the Campo Fire in Calaveras County being the other.

Carol Paquette’s house was near the wildfire, and she says it was too close for comfort.

“It was kind of frightful, the kids were seeing actual flames that were four or five stories high the second ridge over,” Paquette said. “Within a couple of hours, they had it under control. They did a really good job.”

“We got a horse up in the corral and our dogs in the house just in case evacuation of what’s going to happen,” Paquette said.

While the Salmon Fire caused some road closures, it isn’t comparable in size and destruction to last year’s fires.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Brunton says these fires are a warning.

“We wouldn’t see these kinds of burning conditions typically in July or August and we are seeing them right now. Fuels are extremely dry and the vegetations are extremely dry and very concerned with it starting up this early,” Brunton said.

He says it was a challenge to fight the Salmon Fire because their station isn’t at peak staffing yet and had to rely on outside agencies for help.

One firefighter suffered possibly a fractured arm.

Brunton urges people to be extra careful when recreating and be fire safe as the long wildfire season may already have a head start.

“Try and get the weed cutting done earlier in the day but defensible space is everything, that gives us a chance to help protect the structures,” Brunton said.

Fire crews will stay overnight to make sure it doesn’t reignite.

Some parking areas near the Salmon Falls Bridge will be closed Sunday as they’re trying to increase the containment.

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