Suspicious fires ignite near Lake Kaweah


Firefighters responded on Friday, May 29, at 7:45 a.m. to two separate fires that ignited adjacent to Hwy. 198 and were burning in the vicinity of several homes near Lake Kaweah. Both fires, burning on the south side of the highway west of Horse Creek, were approximately 200 feet by 200 feet in size when the first two Cal Fire engines from Three Rivers arrived on the scene.

The independent blazes, which began simultaneously, burned in dry grass and vegetation approximately 100 yards apart. They were both contained within 30 minutes. 

Mop-up operations continued throughout the afternoon to ensure that all hot spots were extinguished. The total acreage charred in the two fires was two acres.

Other Cal Fire units responded from Woodlake, Visalia and Springville. Three Tulare County crews responded and also one National Park Service engine. Two hand crews from Miramonte dug fire line and assisted with mop-up operations.   

  The incident report stated that a “burned bird” was found in the area of the origin of one of the fires. The cause of the fires is still under investigation.  

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