Pleasant Fire, near North San Juan, 100 percent contained |

Pleasant Fire, near North San Juan, 100 percent contained

UPDATE: 8 a.m. — 

Acres Burned – Containment: 392 acres – 100% contained

Structures Destroyed: 1 structure damaged, 1 destroyed

Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted.

Road Closures: All road closures have been lifted.

Injuries: 1

UPDATE: 8 a.m., Tuesday — Via Cal Fire website: The 392-acre Pleasant Fire near North San Juan is now 95 percent contained.

Control lines are holding well through the heat, wind and low humidity. Weather is forecast to be more favorable in the coming days. Fire suppression repair continues. Residents should see fewer crews as fire apparatus is removed but expect a continued presence in the coming days.

Original story

The Pleasant Fire could have burned through North San Juan, Cal Fire said.

The blaze, at 90 percent containment Monday morning, has held at 392 acres for the past few days. Firefighters now are mitigating the damage, digging trenches in an effort to stop erosion and righting fences and mailboxes when possible.

The situation appeared much more dire when the fire erupted on Wednesday, said Mary Eldridge, public information officer with Cal Fire.

“North San Juan was definitely at risk,” she added. “The community was at risk.”

Almost 400 people responded to the fire a day after it started. By Monday morning only 131 people remained at the blaze, Cal Fire said.

“You could see how much more fuel was there to burn,” Eldridge said. “They stopped that forward progress very early on.”

The fire has caused no more injuries or structure damage than the initial smoke inhalation suffered by a dozer driver, the destruction of one building and damage to another, reports state.

Changing weather conditions are expected to make firefighters’ jobs easier. Temperatures will fall, humidity will climb and winds are expected to calm, Eldridge said.

Today’s temperatures are expected to top out at 87. Lows will drop to 63 tonight.

Highs will reach 83 Wednesday, and climb only to 76 on Thursday. Friday’s high is forecast to hit 81 and Saturday’s 83, according to the National Weather Service.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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