Cotton Fire burns 1,850 acres

May 16, 2010

Throughout Saturday night, crews battled a brush fire north of New Cuyama that has grown to 1,850 acres, and as of 9:19 a.m. Sunday, the blaze is 45 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire.

The fire sprung to life Saturday at around 9:15 a.m. along Highway 166 near Cottonwood Canyon Road. Within hours, the fire had engulfed hundreds of acres of dry grass covered hillsides.

Currently, the fire is threatening the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

The protected land, “is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species, and is an area culturally important to Native Americans,” according to the Bureau of Land Management’s website.

Officials said a U-Haul truck’s blown engine sparked the fire.