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Madera County Sheriff's Office personnel worked overnight with our allied agency partners to ensure the safety and security of the North Fork community.

Fork Fire Burns Into It’s Second Day

NORTH FORK–The Fork Fire started yesterday, Wednesday 9.7.2022, at approximately 3:30pm in the afternoon. The Fire started near roads 200 and 222 in North Fork and by sunset it had burned 400 acres. Evacuations happened at a frenzied rate and numerous aircraft in addition to firefighting ground crews poured into the area.

Currently the fire has burned over 700 acres and evacuations still remain in place. 400 homes are threatened according to CalFire. A cause has not been determined and no information about structures lost has been released. The fire is under the management of CalFire’s Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit.


A Zonehaven evacuation map is being utilized by fire managers to streamline evacuation orders.

Two evacuation shelters are open for evacuees affected by the Fork Fire in Madera County. Red Cross volunteers will provide safe shelter, food, water, health services, showers, emotional support and additional resources to anyone displaced by the fire.
EV Free Church (50443 High School Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644). Residents are encouraged to go to this location.
Oakhurst Community Center (39800 Fresno Flats Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644)


-Road 228 near the school & cemetery
-Area surrounding Willow Creek Drive
-Road 225 from Douglas Ranger Station Rd to Boulder Creek
-All of Rainbow and Mission Road areas
-Road 233 from Road 225 to Peckinpah
-Road 222 between Road 200 and Carmen Ranch Road
-Willow Creek Drive
-Church Street
-Road 228
-Wakova Lane
-De Na Lane
-Tu-Nobi Way
-Poy Ah Now Road
-Lark Lane
-Road 225 between Road 228 Lark Lane, Southside

There is an immediate threat to life. This is an evacuation order to leave NOW. The area is being closed to public access. Take action immediately.


-Road 225 from Lark Lane to Italian Bar Road

-Cascadel Road from Road 225 to the Community of Cascadel
-Douglas Ranger Station Road
-Road 222 from Carmen Ranch Road to Fresno/Madera County Line


Small animals can go to the Oakhurst Community Center  at 39800 Fresno Flats Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644 and large animals can go to the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds at 44777 Rodeo Grounds Ln, Coarsegold, CA 93614.

The Central California Animal Disaster Team ( CCADT) is managing animal evacuations and shared the following information:

We understand how scary these evacuation orders are. Time is of the essence, but if you can, please include the following when bringing your small companion animals to ensure they are less stressed.
  • Bring any special food or their own food, so as not to further upset their tummies.
  • Bring a special toy to help provide more comfort.
  • Bring any medication and we ask you to give it to them yourself.
  • Please come back each day to help take care of them as your pet will do much better when they are helped and cared for by their owners.
  • We prefer you return in the early morning and evening after 5PM to walk them. This lets them know you are still near and they have not been abandoned.

Please know and take comfort that they are being well taken care of under these unfortunate circumstances.

For evacuation of animals or animals that are sheltering in place, CCADT has released the following:
The animal evacuations form is here.
The shelter in place form is here.






Road Closures

  • Road 222 @ Road 200 (Road 222 Closed)
  • Road 222 @ Carmen Ranch Road (Road 222 Closed)
  • Road 225 @ Douglas Ranger Station Road (Both Roads Closed)
  • Road 225 @ Tera Tera Ranch Road (Road 225 Closed)

More information is available on  CalFire’s Fork Fire incident page.

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