Marshes Fire

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Marshes Fire
LocationStanislaus National Forest, Tuolumne County, California
Coordinates37°47′47″N 120°19′29″W / 37.79635°N 120.32484°W / 37.79635; -120.32484Coordinates: 37°47′47″N 120°19′29″W / 37.79635°N 120.32484°W / 37.79635; -120.32484
Date(s)September 26, 2016 (2016-09-26) - September 29, 2016 (2016-09-29)
Burned area1,080 acres (4 km2)
CauseVehicle parked in dry grass
Marshes Fire is located in Northern California
Marshes Fire
Location of fire in California

The Marshes Fire was a 2016 wildfire that burned just north of the Don Pedro Reservoir in Tuolumne County, California.[1] The fire, which started on September 26, burned 1,080 acres (4 km2) of land from before being contained on October 4. Approximately 30 homes were evacuated and two minor injuries were reported.[2]


Over a dozen homes were evacuated in the Moccasin Ranch Estates subdivision during the first hours of the fire.[3] Pacific Gas and Electric also reported a number of power outages due to the fire. The fire briefly threatened the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System headquarters, but normal water operations continued throughout the fire.[3]


On September 28, officials from Cal Fire released a statement saying that the fire had been started by a vehicle parked in dry grass.[4] Investigators determined that the driver, who had been traveling along Marshes Flat Road, pulled over to take a break and the fire started shortly thereafter.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Marshes Fire". CALFIRE. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "Marshes Fire in Sonoma County Fully Contained: Cal Fire". NBC Bay Area. NBC Bay Area. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b McCarthy, Guy (29 September 2016). "Marshes Fire cost $2.5 million so far". The Union Democrat. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b Cowan, Jason (28 September 2016). "Cal Fire releases cause of Marshes Fire". The Union Democrat. Retrieved 11 October 2016.