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Mineral fire east of Monterey County burns 29,667 acres

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KION)

UPDATE 7/22/2020 4:40 p.m. The Mineral Fire in Fresno County is still 29,667 acres, but it is now 90% contained, according to Cal Fire.

UPDATE 7/22/2020 6:20 p.m. Cal Fire reports that the Mineral Fire has burned 29,667 acres and is 80% contained.

UPDATE 7/22/2020 6:55 a.m. Cal Fire reports that the Mineral Fire has burned 29,667 acres and is 75% contained.

UPDATE 7/21/2020 7:30 a.m. Cal Fire reports that the Mineral Fire has burned 28,500 acres and is 68% contained.

UPDATE 7/20/2020 6 p.m. The Mineral Fire has grown to 28,500 acres and is 62% contained, according to Cal Fire.

Part of the fire has reportedly crossed into Monterey County.

No injuries have been reported, but 50 structures are threatened and 7 have been destroyed.

UPDATE 7/20/2020 7 a.m. The Mineral Fire in Fresno County, near the eastern border of Monterey County, has grown to 28,221 acres.

It is currently 49% contained.

The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services said all mandatory evacuation orders and warnings in Fresno and Monterey Counties have been lifted.

UPDATE 7/17/2020 2:30 p.m. The Mineral Fire has grown to 19,500 acres and is 30% contained, according to Cal Fire.

The Monterey County Office of Emergency Service placed Lewis Creek and Priest Valley communities under evacuation advisement Thursday because it said the fire is progressing towards Monterey County.

Cal Fire said it is conducting a firing operation, so there may be an increase in the amount of smoke the fire produces. The intention of the operation is to burn fuel along the fire's perimeter before the main, uncontrolled fire can get there.

For more information about the fire, call 559-961-7102.

UPDATE: 7/16/2020 7:02 p.m. - The Mineral Fire is progressing towards Monterey County north of Highway 198, according to the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services.

Monterey County OES placed Lewis Creek and Priest Valley communities under "evacuation advisement" Thursday night.

For information on the fire, people are asked to call 559-961-7102.

For large animal assistance, call the SPCA for Monterey County at 831-373-2631.

Cal Fire's Mineral Fire update, as of 07/16/20 8:59 AM

UPDATE 7/16/2020 1:30 p.m. The Mineral Fire in Fresno County is now 16,500 acres and 20% contained, according to Cal Fire.

Crews from several agencies have helped to contain the fire, including the Marina Fire Department.

PREVIOUS STORY: Cal Fire says the Mineral Fire in Fresno County, just east of Monterey County, has burned 11,000 acres.

The fire is currently 5% contained.

The fire, which started Monday, is at Highway 198 and S. Coalinga Mineral Springs Road west of Coalinga.

There are evacuations in place in Bingham Springs and on Los Gatos Creek Road from Indian Springs to Union Carbide Road. There are also evacuations around Highway 198 from Parsons Road to the Monterey County line, the county line from Highway 198 to Coalinga/Los Gatos Creek Road, along Los Gatos Creek Road to Parson/Mud Run Road and Mud Run/Parson Road to Highway 198.

Highway 198 is closed from Firestone Avenue to the Monterey County Line.

Cal Fire said "extreme fire behavior" could hamper containment efforts.

California News / Monterey County / Top Stories

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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4 Comments

  1. What is this trend where they name fires after a road or an area, but don’t explain that it just a name, not a thing. I remember when the Camp Fire blaze broke out, I was like…..40,000 Acres is not a Camp Fire…..oh the areas name is Camp. Now we have a Mineral Fire…..Oh….Mineral Springs fire. I think they do that on purpose to cause unnecessary concern…OMG are the minerals dangerous…should we evacuate, is there going to be secondary hazmat concerns? Spin Doctors.

  2. @Frankie
    “The Mineral Fire”. Agree. Bad naming. For a week or more I thought that MINERALS were on fire, seriously. Like maybe in a mine. Same with Camp Fire. Duh.

    1. At this point they should just call me a doofus and be done with it. I fall for it every time. Glad to know I am not alone in my assumptions.

      And…..wazzzzuuuuup Jalbert? I replied to one of your post a week or so, but that is next to impossible to know that because as soon as someone (usually chatty Frankie) makes five post….you will never know someone replied to you. Maybe they should tick that little box that displays the last 10 or 20 post?

      Any updates on improvements for the boards Avery?

  3. @Frankie
    I presume using DISQUS, which worked great, was a monthly expense for KION which although great fun and a great forum for users most likely created no revenue. The COMMENTS section is not longer contentious, which is nice, but it is also pretty boring now. Without me, you and Soylent….there would be like 2 comments a week. Maybe.
    All is well. As well as it can be in this upside down world at the moment. Thank you for asking.

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