NORTH FORK — The Mission Fire has now reached Cascadel Heights, and everyone is being evacuated as quickly as possible.
The fire was reported just after 1 p.m., and the first engine on scene reported it at about four acres.
By 1:52 it was estimated at about 30 acres. The fire is spotting out ahead of itself up to 1/2 mile, and is threatening well over 200 homes.
The incident commander immediately ordered a total of 7 air tankers, 4 helicopters and more engines. Air resources have been put on a “no divert” to any other fires due to the threat to human life.
As of 2 p.m., reports came in that one structure was partially involved.
At 2:06 p.m., the incident command reported the fire has reached Cascadel Heights. By 2:15, it had reached the arches to Cascadel Woods.
There is only one way out of Cascadel Woods. At 2:08, deputies reported that Road 233 is clear as of now for evacuation traffic. It is closed to everyone else.
Anyone unable to get out is going to be advised to shelter in place at the meadow near the Clubhouse.
At 2:17 p.m., sheriff’s deputies closed down Douglas Ranger Station Road.
By 2:22 p.m., Road 233 was on fire, so people couldn’t go out that way. They also couldn’t go out up Aspen way toward Whiskey Falls through the Forest, because that road washed out during the winter rains.
People may have to shelter in place, as they try to get water drops on Road 233.
An Incident Command Post is being established at the Old Mill Site.
At 2:23 p.m., dispatch said a VLAT would be coming out of San Bernardino.
By 2:24 p.m., the fire was estimated at 150 acres, and Road 225 in the vicinity was being evacuated. Winds are picking up.
At 2:44 p.m., the incident commander requested 8 bulldozers, immediate need.
Evacuation center is located at Oakhurst Community Center.
Deputies have gone door-to-door to evacuate, and CHP is en route to assist with traffic control.
The Fresno Sheriff’s Office has been called in to assist.
Several people have refused to evacuate ahead of this very dangerous fire.
We will update this article as conditions change.