Cove fire burns near 180

Firefighters battled a second wildfire within a month in a rural area about six miles north of Orange Cove near Highway 180 on June 20. The second blaze broke out in a hilly area east of Cove Road, and firefighters used airplanes and helicopters to extinguish the blaze. Cal Fire officials said that equipment use was the cause of an earlier wildfire that broke out on May 29 and burned 121 acres before being fully contained on June 1. That blaze started on the east side of Hills Valley Road (Highway 63), north of Orange Cove and about four miles south of Highway 180. Nearly 25 fire units and 100 firefighters battled the fire at its peak. Ground crews, a helicopter and airplanes battled to extinguish the blaze.

An airplane dropped retardant onto flames spreading at the peak of a hilly area east of Cove Road on June 20.





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