Marshes, Don Pedro Reservoir

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  • Incident Name: Marshes, Don Pedro Reservoir
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: TCU
  • Size (acres): 1,080
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: October 3, 2016
  • Personnel: 92
  • Structures Destroyed: 0
Marshes, Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, Cal Fire. Five miles west of Groveland, CA. Chaparral, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Road and area closures in effect.

October 1, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Hwy. 49 between Hwy. 120 and the Tuolumne-Mariposa County line remains closed. Hwy. 49 opened for single-lane traffic with a pilot car at 8:00 o’clock this morning. Marshes Flat Road open to residents only. The Tuolumne County Sheriff”s Department is maintaining the roadblock.

September 30, 2016 at 6:55 AM

Firefighters held the area burned on the Marshes fire at 1000 acres since yesterday. Containment is increasing as crews continue building and reinforcing many miles of fire line across difficult terrain and through dense brush. Much of the fire area has not burned in over thirty years, resulting in a major buildup of dead vegetation. Firefighters must also continuously watch for rattlesnakes and yellow jackets which survived the flames in underground burrows, and are now out and moving through the burn.

Potential threat to 230 KV power lines from Moccasin Powerhouse still exists.

The Marshes Fire started on Monday, September 26 approximately two miles up Marshes Flat Road, south of State Highway 49 in the community of Moccasin and has burned 1,000 acres. The investigation revealed a person was driving a vehicle along Marshes Flat Road when they pulled over to take a break, parking their vehicle in the dry grass. The vehicle subsequently ignited the grass. The occupant moved the vehicle and attempted to extinguish the fire, however they were unsuccessful.

September 29, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Steep, rocky terrain and limited access presents on-going difficulties with construction of over 12 miles of fire line. Rolling material (rocks, burning logs, etc.), unstable footing create hazardous work conditions at all times, but especially during nighttime darkness.

September 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Photo courtesy Ripley Howe

Photo courtesy Ripley Howe

PG&E has restored power. The Red Cross shelter at the Hacienda will be closed down. Conditions continue to be hot and dry. Steep, rugged terrain making this fire difficult to access. Air and ground resources continue constructing containment lines.

September 27, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Conditions continue to be hot and dry. Steep and rugged terrain is making this fire fight difficult to access. Crews continue to use air and ground resources to build a containment line.

Mandatory evacuations for the Moccasin Estates subdivison.

Evacuation Center is located at the Hacienda at 5182 Fuentes de Flores, La Grange, CA 95329.

Structures are threatened
Direct threat to Moccasin Hydro-Electric Powerhouse
230KV powerlines threatened.
Road closures in effect from Hwy 49 & Hwy 120 South to Mariposa County line.

September 26, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Evacuation remain in place
Structures are threatened
Direct threat to Hetch Hetchy water and power sytem.
110KV powerlines threatened.

September 26, 2016 at 4:32 PM

The fire is burning at a rapid rate of spread, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office states the closure of Hwy 49 is from Moccasin to the Mariposa/Tuolumne County line.

September 26, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Immediate threat to structures: Advisory evacuations for the Hetch Hetchy area.

Mandatory evacuations for the Moccasin Estates subdivison.

Evacuation Center is located at the Hacienda at 5182 Fuentes de Flores, La Grange, CA 95329.

Road closures: Hwy 49 and Marshes Flat Rd.