A strike team of 22 firefighters from Cal Fire’s Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit departed Thursday to help fight the Corral Fire in Alameda County, according to Karen Guillemin, Cal Fire spokeswoman.
The strike team also included firefighters from Fresno County, Guillemin said.
The 3,000-acre fire was reported Thursday around 3 p.m. east of Highway 205 and south of Highway 580, near Altamont Pass, according to Cal Fire’s Web site. The fire was about 10 percent contained around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mike Van Loben Sels said air tankers were dumping water on the head of the blaze and slowing down the spread of the fire, which was moving in a southeasterly direction toward Interstate 580.
The interstate, however, was not closed, and there was no sign the fire or the smoke were affecting traffic, Van Loben Sels said about 4:40 p.m.
He said the fire has threatened several ranch houses in the area, but no damage to structures had been reported. No injuries had been reported.
Guillemin said the firefighters from the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit were initially sent to help with efforts fighting the 2,800-acre Lockheed Fire in Santa Cruz County, but they were diverted Thursday afternoon.
Around 42 firefighters from Cal Fire’s Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit remain in Shasta County, fighting the 17,623-acre Shu Lightning Fire. That fire, which started Aug. 1, is about 70 percent contained.
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