Fire Investigators from the Tuolumne County Fire Department and the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office have determined that the North Bald Mountain Fire on March 12, 2014, was caused by embers from a hazard reduction burn project conducted by state firefighters. Hand crews from CALFIRE had been clearing and burning piles to create a shaded fuel break along North Bald Mountain Road. The escaped fire burned approximately two acres of vegetation and a residence.
“This is a reminder that all fires hold the potential for disaster, including those facilitated by safety professionals." Michael L. Knowles, District Attorney, Tuolumne County, CA