MARIPOSA COUNTY – An order to evacuate homes along East Westfall Road has been lifted as of 7 p.m. this evening, and residents are being allowed to return to their homes.
Firefighters have the Westfall Fire contained at approximately five acres, with a one-acre spot fire and several smaller ones, according to Cal Fire spokesperson Karen Guillemin.
East Westfall Road remains closed to everyone except residents between Chowchilla Mountain and Triangle Roads, as the roadway needs to be kept clear to allow free and quick access by fire personnel and equipment.
Crews will work throughout the night reinforcing the fireline and doing mop-up, with another shift coming on in the morning to finish the job of complete control of the incident.
The Westfall Fire was reported just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug 20, and spread very quickly through the dry brush. Several structures were threatened in the early hours of the fire, and engines immediately staged near those buildings to protect them.
Crews and equipment from Cal Fire, Madera and Mariposa County Fire Departments, and Sierra National Forest all worked on the suppression efforts, along with dozers, helicopters and air tankers.