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Crews Make Progress On Goose Fire, Evacuations Remain In Place

PRATHER —  Firefighters held the Goose Fire at 1,800 acres overnight, and have now achieved 15 percent containment.

Excessive heat, steep terrain and extremely dry vegetation have hampered fire suppression efforts, and heavy smoke can sometimes impact the air attack.

The number of personnel assigned to the incident has grown to 1,328, including 99 engines, 28 crews, 9 helicopters, 12 dozers and 21 water tenders. Cal Fire Incident Management Team 5 has been activated to assist the Fresno Kings Unit.

The Goose Fire started on Saturday afternoon, and is burning just south of Prather off Gooseberry Lane and Morgan Canyon.

About 400 structures are threatened, and the latest update is that nearly 300 homes have been ordered to evacuate, and “multiple” structures have been damaged or destroyed.

There has been no indication from fire officials that any evacuation orders have been lifted.

Fire activity and direction can change at any time, so residents are urged to be prepared and stay informed. Motorists are advised to please drive cautiously while driving near the fire area where heavy equipment and fire engines are traveling to and from the fire.

With the elevated fire danger, everyone is also urged to learn more on how to prepare for wildfires at www.readyforwildfire.org.

EVACUATIONS:

MANDATORY –

Hwy 168 @ Lockwood to Gooseberry including homes accessed by Gooseberry and Lockwood
Black Mt. area including Whispering Springs Land to Lodge Road
Everything South of the 4-lanes at Hwy 168 to lodge and everything west of Old Tollhouse Road
Gooseberry and Sky Ridge Lane east to Lodge Road including Black Mountain

WARNING –

Hwy 168 from Lockwood to bottom of the 4-lanes @ Hwy 168 & Lodge Road
Hwy 168 from Gooseberry Lane to Nicholas
Nicholas and Tollhouse to Tollhouse and Lodge
All Roads North of Tollhouse and East of Hwy 168

ROAD CLOSURES

Gooseberry at Morgan Canyon
Lockwood at Morgan Canyon
Black Mountain Road at Lodge Road
Wintermute at Lodge
Whispering Springs at Lodge

An evacuation center has been setup by Red Cross at Foothill Middle School located at 29147 Auberry Road in Prather.

A large animal evacuation center has been setup at Sierra High School 33326 Lodge Road in Tollhouse.

For assistance with small animal evacuation call 559-433-9663.

Public Information Line: (559) 790-6374

Map of the Goose Fire location

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