Wildland fires burn dozens of acres near King City

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KING CITY — More than 70 firefighters helped battle a 25-acre vegetation fire Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 198 and Pine Valley Road, east of King City.

At about 4:32 p.m. on May 16, units from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) responded to the fire, which was initially reported as only 5 acres in size and burning in grass with a moderate rate of spread along the highway roadside.

CAL FIRE officials said responders included three aircraft, one helicopter, seven fire engines, two water tenders, two dozers, two hand crews, a Battalion Chief and a fire investigator, for a total of 72 firefighters. The fire stopped spreading at about 5:09 p.m. and was fully extinguished at 6:50 p.m.

The cause of the fire, which burned 25 acres, is under investigation.

On Wednesday, May 17, at about 3:20 p.m., CAL FIRE responded to another vegetation fire (pictured above), this time near the intersection of Lonoak Road and Highway 25, east of King City. The fire was initially 2 to 3 acres in size but spread to 17 before it was contained around 4 p.m.

Officials said a bird had flown into nearby power lines and caused the fire.

No evacuations, road closures or injuries were reported in either incident.

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This story was updated to include Wednesday’s fire.