A vegetation fire raged along the San Joaquin River outside Newman on Wednesday, charring an estimated 10 acres and bringing in agencies from Stanislaus and Merced counties.
There were no injuries reported from the fire. One out building was destroyed, according to the Newman Fire Department.
The fire was first reported at 1:44 p.m. July 29 in the area of Hills Ferry and River roads. The Newman Fire Department fire officer was the first at the scene and found a vegetation fire along the river bottom which had already jumped to the Merced County side, igniting both sides of the riverbank.
Mutual aid was provided by Merced County Fire Department, Stanislaus County Fire Investigations Unit, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, Mountain-View Fire Protection District, Woodland Avenue Fire Protection District, Hughson Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District and Stanislaus County Fire Warden’s Office.
Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the blaze and were able to bring it under control. In all, the fire burned 10 acres of vegetation and the one out building. Firefighters were committed to the scene for seven hours.
The estimated damage was $15,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.