OAKHURST – All evacuation orders and advisories for the Courtney Fire have been lifted. The road into Bass Lake Heights will remain restricted to residents only.
In order to enter the area, you must go to the Oakhurst Substation near True Value, off Highway 49 in Oakhurst, and obtain an “Entry Pass.” These passes are for residents living in the closed area. You will not be allowed to bypass the road closure without that entry pass.
The Courtney Fire is now 70% contained at 320 acres. There are currently 60 fire engines, 10 water tenders, 17 fire crews and 1 bulldozer assigned to the incident, for a total of 631 personnel.
Four injuries have been reported and there is an adjustment to the residents destroyed, which is now listed at 30. Other damage includes:
4 Residences Damaged
19 Outbuildings Destroyed
3 Outbuildings Damaged
13 Vehicles Destroyed
2 Vehicles Damaged
4 Recreational Vehicles Destroyed
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Current Situation: Areas outside the control lines will be closely monitored for any new spot fires. The crews will continue mopping up and looking for hot spots within containment lines. Interior portions of the fire may produce smoke.
Evacuations: **Effective Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. all Evacuation Orders are lifted.**
Residents should remain cautious of fire personnel and equipment working in the area.
Road Closures: Road 426 between Summit Road and Road 223 is open to residents only. Residents must obtain a entrance pass through Madera County Sheriff at the Oakhurst Substation on Liberty Drive.
Evacuation Centers: Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS, CAL OES, Madera County Fire Department, Madera County Sheriff’s Department, PG&E, Red Cross, Sierra Telephone, Hillview Water District, and Local Government Resources within the Central Valley.
Additional Information: Residents who need more information can go to www.fire.ca.gov or contact the Courtney Fire Information Line at 209-966-4784.
Residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts within Madera County at www.mcalert.org or 559-675-7770.
For directions to the Oakhurst Substation, please call (559) 675-7770, for additional information about the fire, please call the fire information line at (209) 966-4784.