NORTH FORK – The Corrine Fire, that started last night at about 9:30 p.m., has now grown to over 600 acres, with 20 percent containment.
Deputies are evacuating the upper half of Road 222 from Corrine Lake Road to Road 200. The entire road is now closed from North Fork to the San Joaquin River.
Some residents are refusing to leave, some citing concerns for animals, but most are cooperating with the evacuation orders.
Crews worked hard overnight to cut in lines, including dozer lines across the northern edge of the fire, working to keep it below Corrine Lake Road.
There was one spot fire that sparked and burned about five acres to the west of Road 222 just south of Ciatna Creek Road, but firefighters got a line around it and stopped it from spreading.
Challenges overnight included two dozers breaking down, but reinforcements are arriving.
The fire burned actively all night, and crews have lines and hose lays along the upper edge and the western flank.
Downslope winds overnight helped push the fire farther south and kept it from advancing toward the town of North Fork.
There are currently approximately 220 personnel assigned to the incident. Air resources will be arriving over the fire soon.
A command post has been established at Minarets High School in O’Neals.
No injuries have been reported, and no structures lost or damaged.