Mineral Fire burns thousands of acres west of Coalinga, CA

East of King City

(UPDATED at 8:41 a.m. PDT July 15, 2020)

Mineral Fire July 14, 2020
Mineral Fire July 14, 2020. BLM photo.

The Mineral Fire spread incrementally to the north Tuesday and Tuesday night. Most of the additional growth was on the south side adjacent to highway 198 which may be a firing operation by firefighters to tie it in with the highway.

The fire started Monday afternoon and is seven miles west of Coalinga, California and 29 miles east of King City.

Mineral Fire map July 15, 2020
Map of the Mineral Fire. The red line was the perimeter mapped by a fixed wing aircraft at 7:45 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 3:24 a.m. PDT July 15, 2020.

An update from CAL FIRE Wednesday morning said the fire had burned 11,000 acres and evacuations were still in place.

CAL FIRE’s new format for updating citizens about ongoing fires contains much less information than previous versions.

Mineral Fire July 15, 2020
A very small amount of smoke is visible from the distant ridge where the Mineral Fire is burning. Ground fog is visible in the foreground. Looking NE from Rocky Butte at 7:24 a.m. PDT July 15, 2020 AlertWildfire.

(Originally published at 6:41 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020)

map Mineral Fire Coalinga California
3-D map of the APPROXIMATE location of the Mineral Fire, based on heat detected by a satellite at 1:24 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020.

The Mineral Fire, reported at about 3:30 p.m. July 13, is burning in a remote area 7 miles west of Coalinga, California east of King City. So far it has remained north of Highway 198 and is on both sides of S. Coalinga-Mineral Springs Road.

Evacuations are in progress.

Our very, very unofficial estimate of the size of the fire, based on heat detected by a satellite at 1:24 p.m. MDT July 14, 2020, puts it at approximately 6,500 acres.

map Mineral Fire Coalinga California
Map showing heat detected by a satellite on the Mineral Fire at 1:24 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020.
Mineral Fire Coalinga California
Mineral Fire looking west-southwest at 3:42 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020. AlertWildfire.
Mineral Fire Coalinga California
Mineral Fire looking northeast at 3:42 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020. AlertWildfire.

The video below posted Tuesday morning shows very active fire behavior, including numerous spot fires out ahead of the main fire.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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