TUOLUMNE COUNTY — Firefighters have made progress on the Marshes Fire burning in Tuolumne County. After it grew to 930 acres overnight, CalFire said it only grew another 70 acres Tuesday.
The Moccasin Estates subdivision had to be evacuated. But Tuesday night residents were allowed back into their homes on Marshes Flat Road.
CalFire said a firefighter was injured during the fight and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Modesto.
The fire started Monday at noon, and has since burned a thousand acres. CalFire said it only has it 25 percent contained. Highway 49 through Moccasin remains closed. More than 800 firefighters helped protect the structures that were threatened.
“Twenty-one or 22 various agencies represented with aircraft. And it looks like folks came from several different states, not just California,” said Nancy Longmore, a CalFire spokesperson.
For most of the day, helicopters were flying in water from the nearby Don Pedro Reservoir. Longmore said the close proximity to that water source really helped them knock this fire down, a factor that didn’t exist this time last year.
“It made it much better. Last year that reservoir was nearly dry and they had to go a long ways to find water. It was good to see water in there this year,” Longmore told FOX40.
Longmore said CalFire is not out of the woods yet. Crews are staying overnight to make sure hotspots do not flare up.