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Mission Fire Still Holding at 1,035 Acres, Now 65% Contained

NORTH FORK — As returning residents settle back into the lives in the Mission Fire area, fire crews continue their very good work toward total containment and control.

The fire is still holding at 1,035 acres and is now 65 percent contained.

There are currently 1,479 personnel assigned to the incident including 180 California National Guard troops specially trained as firefighters.

The number of structures destroyed has been amended to three, with four listed as damaged.

Firefighters continue to hold and improve lines, mop up hot spots across the interior and watch for spot fires outside the perimeter.

Crews are already busy repairing the damage done during the active suppression of the fire including removing slash and debris, clearing drainages, re-establishing berms, creating water bars, smoothing dozered areas and scattering lopped vegetation on cleared soil to prevent erosion.

All evacuation orders and advisories have been lifted.

All traffic control points for roads affected by the Mission Fire will be lifted at 10 a.m. today.

Please continue to exercise caution when traveling through the fire area as military vehicles, along with emergency response vehicles will have a heavy presence.

To assist residents returning to their homes after being evacuated for the Railroad and Mission Fires, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office along with the Public Works Department are providing disposal sites for food waste only.

Disposal sites are being provided at no cost and can be found at the following locations:

  • Residents returning after the Railroad Fire may utilize the dumpster located in front of the office at the Sheriff’s Substation located at 48267 Liberty Drive in Oakhurst.
  • Residents returning after the Mission Fire may utilize the North Fork Transfer Site at 33699 Road 274 in North Fork.

Residents must provide the Sheriff’s Office-issued entry pass or valid identification with your name and address from within the evacuation zone.

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