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Two wildfires burning in south San Benito County

The two fires are in various stages of containment.

Last updated Friday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. 

It’s heating up to be a busy fire season for San Benito County with two separate fires, one nearly contained and the other still burning, southeast of Hollister in the Panoche area. Smoke continues to linger from the blazes. 

The two fires, known as Panoche Fire and Idria Fire, are in various stages of containment. 

A public information officer for Calfire San Benito-Monterey Unit told BenitoLink on Thursday that Calfire is responding to the two fires with fire engines, bulldozers, air attack, and hand crews.

“We’ve made really good progress on the Panoche Fire with the available recourses,” a Calfire spokesperson said Thursday afternoon.

The Panoche Fire started at approximately at 4:39 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. The fire has burned 278 acres and is 90% contained as of Friday, July 13. Firefighter crews are finishing cleanup efforts to contain the blaze. The fire is burning off Panoche Road, two miles north of the Calfire Antelope Station. 

A grass fire at Panoche Road and New Idria Road was reported Thursday, July 12. Known as the Idria Fire, the blaze has burned 116 acres and 75% contained. Resources from the Panoche Fire were dispatched to assist with the incident.

The cause of the fires is still under investigation.

Check back for updates. 



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Blaire Strohn (bstrohn)

Blaire Strohn grew up in rural Paicines, California on a cow/calf operation ranch. Blaire just graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Communications. Currently she is attending Oklahoma State University focusing on International Agriculture. Besides attending school, she's interned as an American Ambassador for RFD-TV's The American and Convention Marketing Ambassador for the National Cattlemens Beef Association.

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