Fork fire in Madera County prompts evacuation orders

A fresh bushfire in Madera County has prompted multiple evacuation orders near North Fork, a small community in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The fork fire, which broke out just before 5 p.m., was estimated to have burned 75 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire was 0% contained, Cal Fire officials said.

Structures are under threat, said Jaime Williams, a spokesman for Cal Fire’s Madera Mariposa Merced unit. Williams didn’t know how many or what kind of structures.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has issued numerous evacuation orders.

Local residents are asked to visit for a map of all zones with evacuation orders and warnings.

“There is an imminent threat to life,” said the sheriff’s deputy. “This is an evacuation order to leave NOW. The area will be closed to the public. Act now.”

Road 222 from Road 200 to Carmen Ranch Road is closed, along with Douglas Ranger Station Road and Road 225 to Boulder Creek Drive, deputies said.

An evacuation center is open at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, MPs said.

This is an evolving story and will be updated. Fork fire in Madera County prompts evacuation orders

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