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Fire Burning Southwest Of Raymond

MADERA COUNTY — Firefighters are on scene of a fire burning southwest of Raymond, and smoke can be seen from miles around.

The fire was reported by the Eastman Lake Ranger just after 4 p.m., somewhere west of Road 29, and north of Avenue 26.

Ten engines, two ground crews, two dozers, a water tender, air attack and a helicopter were called up.

When air attack arrived overhead just after 4:30 p.m., the fire was reported at about 100 acres, and is burning between Roads 26 and 29, north of Avenue 26. It is about 6 miles west of Hensley Lake.

As of 4:40 p.m., there were two tankers over the fire and two more in order, along with several helicopters.

At 4:45 p.m., two additional water tenders were dispatched, and mutual aid out of Merced County.

More resources continue to arrive at scene.

At 5:32 p.m., Air Attack reported the forward progress of the fire had been stopped, and estimated the size at 429 acres.

At 5:47 p.m., all air tankers were released to return to base.

The fire is 90 percent contained as of this morning.

We are updating this article as conditions change.

(The fire is west of the address on this map).

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