Winters Fire contained

The Stocking family expressed their appreciation via a mural for Cal Fire and all the fire fighters during the recent Winters Fire, which is now 100% contained with no structures or lives lost. The mural is on the old Pardehsa Store property at Highway 128 and Pleasants Valley Road.
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It’s what everyone has been waiting for over the last week — word that the Winters Fire is finally out. According to CalFire spokesperson Tiffany Mercado, the official word came in at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, that the fire was 100 percent contained one week after it erupted.

The fire began on Thursday, July 6, around 12:40 p.m. north of Highway 128 near the westernmost fishing access on Putah Creek, and scorched 2,269 acres of dry brush before being contained. Both the residents of Las Positas and Golden Bear Estates were given mandatory evacuation notices, although many took their chances.

Aiding in the quick containment of the fire were calm winds, a lack of multiple major fires burning when the Winters Fire started, and four previous years of fire in that area, which already burned much of the vegetation.

Multiple fire and emergency personnel attacked the fire from the ground and air, with engines, bulldozers, helicopters and air tankers employed. According to Mercado, no lives or structures were lost in this fire. Four firefighters were injured in the process, three from heat related conditions while fighting the fire in triple-digit heat, and the fourth sustaining a knee injury.

This is the fourth year in a row that rural Winters experienced major fires in the hills west of town, and once again, there were no tragedies to report.

The Stocking family, which owns the old Pardehsa Store at Pleasants Valley Road and Highway 128 decided “impromptu” to paint a huge “thank you” card for Cal Fire and all the firefighters on one side of the now-empty building, and an American flag across the front of the building. Curtis Stocking says his children, Chad, Jackie and Courtney did most of the work. He notes that the parking lot for the store served as a station for gathering firefighters when the fire broke out.

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  1. I love it!!! Those Cal Fire guys drive past that corner all year long. What a great reminder that their sacrifice and dedication are greatly appreciated! Way to go Stocking family!!

  2. I love it!!! Those Cal Fire guys drive past that corner all year long. What a great reminder that their sacrifice and dedication are greatly appreciated! Way to go Stocking family!!

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