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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Mineral
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: FKU
  • Size (acres): 29,667
  • Percent Contained: 90%
  • Estimate of Containment: July 28, 2020
  • Personnel: 545
  • Structures Destroyed: 7

Mineral, Fresno-Kings Unit, Cal Fire. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (Cal Fire Team 2) back to the local unit will occur today. Nine miles west of Coalinga, CA. Timber, chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

July 24, 2020 at 7:06 AM

Firefighters will continue to improve containment lines, fire suppression repair, mop up and patrol over the next several days. Please drive slowly and use caution as emergency crews and equipment are still working in the area.

July 22, 2020 at 7:43 PM

  • Fire continues to burn in dense dry fuels in extremely steep terrain
  • Heavy fuels continue to burn in interior drainages
  • Ground resources continue to mop-up and strengthen control lines
  • CAL FIRE IMT-2 (Kavanaugh) is in command
  • Federal ground resources assigned

July 20, 2020 at 12:18 PM

  • Last night crews constructed additional containment lines and were able to reinforce existing containment lines.
  • Continued hot and dry temperatures over the next few days will be a concern for the completion of the firing operation.
  • Damage assessment inspections are ongoing within the fire perimeter.
  • Incident personnel continue to adhere to state and federal recommendations regarding COVID-19, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and sanitizing work stations.

Evacuations and Road Closures Lifted for the Mineral Fire
All areas of Fresno and Monterey Counties (all mandatory evacuation orders and warnings) affected by the Mineral Incident, to include the opening of all roadways including SR-198, as well as all other affected roadways.
Firefighters and equipment will continue working along the roadsides, please proceed with caution while driving through the area.
For more information on how you can prepare yourselves and your families against the effects of wildfire please visit ReadyForWildfire.org.

July 18, 2020 at 9:54 AM

  • 23,500 acres (+500 acres), grass and brush, 35% contained (+5% containment)
  • Continued threat to structures
  • Evacuation orders for community of Bingham Springs and Los Gatos Creek area
  • Continued closure of Hwy 198
  • Access, terrain, weather and dry fuels continue to hamper control efforts
  • CAL FIRE IMT-2 (Kavanaugh) is in command
  • Federal air and ground resources assigned

July 17, 2020 at 7:53 AM

Firefighters have been challenged with steep and rugged topography. These conditions, along with forecasted temperatures in the upper 90’s will continue to challenge firefighters. Our crews are also adjusting to additional in-camp safety modifications which have been implemented due to COVID 19. Incident personnel are expected to adhere to current county, state, and federal recommendations intended to slow the spread of COVID 19.

Evacuations: The community of Bingham Springs and Residents on Los Gatos Creek Rd. from Indian Springs to Union Carbide Rd. All areas and residences within the area of Hwy 198 from Parsons Road west to the Monterey County line, Monterey/Fresno County line from Hwy 198 north to Coalinga/Los Gatos Creek Road, Los Gatos Creek Road east to Parson/Mud Run Road, Mud Run/Parson Road south to Hwy 198.

Temporary Evacuation Point: West Hills College – Coalinga, 300 West Cherry Lane Coalinga, CA 93210

Road Closure: Highway 198 from Firestone Avenue to Monterey County Line

Fire is currently burning in difficult to access areas and in fuels with no fire history. Containment efforts will be hampered due to extreme fire behavior which includes rapid uphill and wind driven runs.