Firefighters Battle 12,000 Acre Blaze in San Joaquin County – Evacuations and Injuries Reported!

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – A massive dry grass fire that ignited south of Tracy in San Joaquin County has engulfed more than 12,000 acres, leading to evacuations and causing injuries to at least two firefighters, as confirmed by Cal Fire officials. The blaze has also destroyed one structure.

Interstate 580 was closed off from the Alameda County line to the Stanislaus County line, while Highway 132 was shut down from I-580 to Highway 33 due to the Corral Fire. Various other road closures were implemented in the affected areas.

Cal Fire reported that the fire had scorched 12,500 acres and was only 15% contained by Sunday morning. Despite efforts from around 400 personnel working to contain the fire, the blaze continued to spread. Two firefighters sustained injuries during their battle against the flames.

The fire, which originated near West Corral Hollow Road, posed a threat near the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s 300 Experimental Test Site but did not reach the facility. Rescue teams from Cal Fire, South San Joaquin Fire Authority, Tracy police, and the San Joaquin County sheriff’s office collaborated to manage the situation.

Wind gusts exceeding 40 mph intensified the spread of the fire when it initially erupted. Meteorologists predicted a resumption of strong wind conditions, adding to the challenges faced by firefighters. KCRA 3 provided a visual account of the fire’s progression in different areas, capturing the extent of its impact on the surroundings.

Evacuation orders were issued for residents in specific regions, with designated evacuation centers established to provide assistance and shelter. Power outages affected numerous PG&E customers, although services have been largely restored, with only a small number of customers still impacted.

As the fire continued to rage, authorities urged residents to stay informed and prepared for any further developments. The ongoing efforts to contain the Corral Fire showcased the resilience and dedication of the emergency responders working tirelessly to protect the community from its destructive path.