Firefighters battled a 10-acre vegetation fire in Prunedale on Tuesday that forced the relocation of a voting site and destroyed a building and vehicles.
The fire about 2 p.m. on Frisch and Prunedale North roads led to the evacuation of 22 to 25 residences and the American Legion, the voting place for two precincts. The precincts were consolidated at the Prunedale Grange, 17890 Moro Road.
Monterey County elections chief Linda Tulett said she wasn't sure how many voters were affected, given the percentage of voters who are now voting by mail. The number could be relatively small, she said. Seventy percent of Monterey County voters now vote by mail.
About 20 voters were upset after they were turned away by firefighters who didn't yet know where to send them, a Cal Fire officer said.
Cal Fire and North County Fire Protection District firefighters arrived at the scene to find 3 to 5 acres of vegetation burning and multiple spot fires that were threatening a structure, Cal Fire said.
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office assisted in voluntary evacuations of residents, who relocated to a local school for shelter, Cal Fire said.
Using ground and air resource, firefighters held the blaze to 10 acres. The fire destroyed one outbuilding and its contents, as well as four boats and three vehicles, Cal Fire said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A separate, controlled fire was conducted in the morning off Crazy Horse Canyon and Old Stage roads on the other side of Highway 101.
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