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Weekend fires, crashes keep firefighters busy
Crashed aristocrat
Ceres Police deal with the damage of landscaping in the roundabout early Sunday at Morgan and Aristocrat.

Five vehicle crashes, three grass and vegetation fires and 13 EMS calls helped keep busy Ceres firefighters on Saturday.

The first crash responded to occurred Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. when Ceres Engine 16 was dispatched to a vehicle crash with injuries at Sonora Avenue and Perfidia Avenue. One occupant suffering from minor injuries was transported to the hospital ambulance. The impact of the crash between a passenger car and a picking pulling a trailer was hard enough to completely tear the trailer hitch of the vehicle in half.

At 9:25 a.m. Ceres Quint engine #18 was dispatched to the report of a head-on crash at Grayson Road and Central Avenue. Battalion One vehicle was blocking the northbound lane of Central Avenue and the other slid off the east side of Central Avenue into an almond orchard. One patient with minor to moderate injuries was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Medi-Flight had been called but cancelled when firefighters saw that none of the occupants were seriously injured.

At 1:40 p.m. Ceres and Modesto engines were dispatched to a vegetation fire at 925 Crowslanding Road. Upon arrival crews had a large amount of light flashy fuels with a moderate rate of spread near the Tuolumne River. The fire was quickly knocked down and fire crews spent the next hour mopping up.

Seven minutes after the Crowslanding Road call, Modesto and Ceres were dispatched to a vegetation fire near 600 Niece Drive with an area approximately 200 feet by 100 feet next to the Tuolumne River ablaze next to the bike trail. The crews quickly knocked the fire down and spent the 75 minutes mopping up.

At 2:35 a.m. early Sunday two engines and a battalion chief were dispatched to a vehicle accident at Morgan Road and Aristocrat Drive. A driver of a vehicle lost control and rolled over into the landscaped roundabout, scattering a large rock into the road before the car came to rest on all four wheels. The driver and solo occupant was not injured.