The Pretty Flower Fire was spotted about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and grew to about 40 acres within a couple hours due to the wind. At 4 p.m., the fire was 10 percent contained.
Around 20-30 residents were asked to voluntarily evacuate, but by 4 p.m. the evacuation was lifted. Fire crews will be on the fire throughout the night and will patrol the area tomorrow. The fire was determined to be human-caused by a slash pile burned a couple weeks ago that started back up due to wind and dry receptive fuels on the ground. About 75 firefighters were on the fire from local, state and federal.
Hayward Fire Chief Dennis McMillen said this is the second biggest fire they have been on this year.
“We have been chasing slash piles all winter,” he said. “We had that snow cover and people burned piles, but with these Chinook winds, if the pile is not torn apart and every ember out, they can start up again.”
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the fire was 100 percent contained. No structures were damaged or destroyed. Crews will continue to mop-up near Rushmore Ranch Road, so there will be increased traffic in the area as roads are re-opened to local traffic.