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Fire near Modesto doubles in size overnight

Rock Fire now 1,000 acres, only 15 percent contained

A wildfire that started Tuesday night in Stanislaus County near Modesto has grown to approximately 1,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.

As of Wednesday morning, the blaze is only about 15 percent contained.

The Santa Clara Unit of Cal Fire (which principally covers Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties but also some areas further inland) reported the wildfire, dubbed the Rock Fire, around 9:30 p.m.

Within five hours the fire had grown to 500 acres, then doubled in size four hours later.

Nearby Del Puerto Canyon Road is closed during firefighting efforts. The town of Patterson (population just over 22,000) lies closest to the perimeter of the Rock Fire, just a few miles to the east.

According to Modesto Bee, “The Rock Fire appears to be well north of the Diablo Grande housing development.

No evacuation orders are currently in place. This is a developing story; we will update as more information becomes available.