UPDATE: Ramsey Fire burns 1,000 acres, 15 pct. contained

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Ramsey Fire in Stanislaus National Forest, Aug. 13, 2012

STOCKTON, CA - The Ramsey Fire continues to burn in Calaveras County about halfway between the town of Arnold and Bear Valley Ski Resort.

The fire began Saturday at the bottom of the Stanislaus River Canyon and has marched up the mountainside since, bumping up against Highway 4 Tuesday afternoon.

"We're doing good but the winds are tricky. We're working real hard," said firefighter Dave Baker, on scene from the Santa Barbara area.

Very few homes are in the path of the Ramsey Fire, and no structures have burned. However, containment is just at 15 percent and full containment isn't expected for another week.

The fire burned 1,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, according to the United States Forest Service.

At times, because of approaching flames, Highway 4 has been shut down, but then quickly reopened as fire crews make progress.

By Tim Daly,  tdaly@news10.net


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