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Crews Contain Stubborn Blaze
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An afternoon multi-alarm fire consumed more than a half dozen acres near Riverbank on Monday, the blaze breaking out near the intersection of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

Crews were on the scene for several hours working to contain the flames, with the initial response from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, followed by a mutual aid assistance call for additional manpower and equipment from both Oakdale Fire and Modesto.

Authorities said the fire burned primarily in a field, though some fence posts were destroyed and the fire did threaten a couple of buildings in the area, including a church and a pair of homes.

There were no reported injuries to the responding firefighters and no cause was listed, but brisk winds on Monday made it difficult for crews to get the fire under control.

Meanwhile, members of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Board will meet in special session on Thursday, June 20 at the fire station at 3318 Topeka in Riverbank at 1 p.m.

Following a public comment period, the board is scheduled to go into closed session to discuss a personnel matter – the district chief – with a possible report from that closed session when the board returns to open session. Brian Kelly is serving as the interim Fire Chief for the district right now, with Michael Wapnowski as the Deputy Chief.

Board members include president Dave Woods, vice president Michelle Guzman and directors Shayne Strasser and Charles Turner, with one director’s seat vacant.