A fire broke out near Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on Thursday evening, prompting emergency response efforts. The fire, which was first reported around 7:30 p.m., quickly grew in size and intensity, spreading to nearby grass and vegetation. Firefighters from multiple agencies rushed to the scene to battle the blaze and protect nearby structures.
According to officials, the fire was burning in an area off Black Oak Road, near the casino. Efforts to contain the fire were complicated by strong winds and dry conditions, which allowed the flames to spread rapidly. As a result, nearby residents were advised to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed to avoid smoke exposure.
As of the latest update, the fire had burned approximately 20 acres of land, with no reported injuries or damage to structures. Despite the challenging conditions, firefighters were making steady progress in containing the blaze, aided by the arrival of additional resources and firefighting equipment.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, and an investigation is underway to determine the origins of the blaze. In the meantime, authorities are urging caution and vigilance from residents and visitors in the area, especially as fire danger remains high due to ongoing dry weather conditions.
Black Oak Casino, located in Tuolumne, has been temporarily closed as a precautionary measure, with all scheduled events and activities suspended until further notice. The safety of staff and patrons is a top priority, and the casino management is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with local authorities to ensure the protection of their property and the surrounding community.
As the fire near Black Oak Casino continues to be actively managed, residents and travelers are advised to stay informed and follow any instructions or evacuation orders from officials. The cooperation and support of the community are essential in ensuring the successful containment and extinguishment of the fire. Updates on the situation will be provided as new information becomes available.