NORTH FORK – A five-acre spot fire that was started over a mile from the Corrine Fire has prompted evacuations and warnings from North Fork to Redinger Lake.
At about 1 p.m., the spot fire was reported burning just west of Road 225 between Boulder Creek and Whiskey Trail. Sheriff’s deputies and Citizens on Patrol immediately began warning residents.
Fresno Sheriff’s Office and CHP also responded to assist with road closures and evacuations. A hard closure was ordered on Road 225 between Lark Lane and Indian Creek Trailer Park, and residents were told to leave as deputies and COPs went door to door. From Lark Lane, north into North Fork, evacuation warnings were issued.
Helicopters and air tankers were diverted from the Corrine Fire to work the spot fire.
An evacuation center was set up yesterday by the Red Cross for evacuees from mountain area fires at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41 in Oakhurst.
As for the Corrine Fire, the estimate of acreage has been revised to 500 acres, with 10 percent containment. It is burning at a moderate rate of spread, and there continues to be a threat to the North Fork community.
Access to the fire is difficult due to steep terrain. Firefighters are experiencing extreme fire behavior conditions due to drought conditions and low fuel moisture.
Residents should remain cautious of fire personnel and equipment working in the area. There are large engines, water tenders and transport dozers traveling on the mountain roads going to and from the fires. Please use extra caution.
There are no further updates on personnel and resources at this time. We will update as more information becomes available.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.