Just before 3 p.m., Vanessa Sammons was checking on her cows at an address between Hildreth Road and Sierra Oaks Lane when she saw a fire burning near the house on the property.
Resources were called in from Madera County Fire, Cal Fire and Fresno County Fire, including air tankers and helicopters, water tenders, dozers and ground crews out of Mt. Bullion.
Air tankers dropping retardant along the southern flank of the fire had to be wary of powerlines, and a few motorists who were stopped by sheriff’s deputies at the front of the line had their cars doused with retardant.
Road 211 was closed down at Road 200 and just south of the fire at about 3:40 p.m. to allow all emergency equipment clear and safe access to the roadway. That compounded problems for those using Road 211 as a detour in order to avoid the construction work going on along Highway 41 north of the 22 Mile House.
Engines staged along Road 211 and crews stopped the fire from crossing the road, though it burned right up to the fence line in some areas.
At about 3:45 p.m., the Incident Commander confirmed the loss of one home and several outbuildings.
At 5:04 p.m. the fire was 100 percent contained, with an estimated six hours for control.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.