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A Vehicle Is The Cause Of The Fork Fire

The Power and The Fork Fires Were Started by Vehicle

NORTH FORK – Peace Officers with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) and Fresno-Kings Unit (FKU) determined the Power and Fork Fires were vehicle-caused.

CAL FIRE FKU and MMU responded to the Power Fire near Powerhouse Road and Auberry Road in Fresno County on September 6. The Power fire burned 130 acres over several days and is now fully contained.

On September 7, CAL FIRE MMU responded to the Fork Fire in the North Fork area of Madera County Foothill and Mountain Communities.

The Fork Fire has currently burned 819 acres of vegetation while destroying 28 structures and 15 outbuildings.

The Fork Fire is 50% contained as of 7 am this morning, September 10, 2022, according to the CAL FIRE incident update. Full containment is expected by September 11, 2022.

Related Story: Fork Fire Community Meeting and Update

CAL FIRE encourages all residents and drivers to be aware and take precautions to prevent wildfires.

Here are a few tips to reduce the threat of causing a fire when operating vehicles:

• Before operating a vehicle, ensure all tires are properly inflated, brakes are in good working condition and the vehicle is well maintained
• If towing a trailer, make certain all tow chains are secure
• Check your vehicle gauges frequently
• Never drive or park a vehicle in tall, dead grass

Any person who accidentally starts a wildfire can be held liable for fire suppression costs.

For more information visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org

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