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Smoke billows from the Power Fire Saturday night

‘Power’ Fire Now 60% Contained; Six Firefighters Injured

NORTH FORK — A fast-moving — and dangerous — vegetation fire that sparked late Saturday afternoon south of North Fork near Kerckhoff and Reddinger lakes is now 60 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE’s latest update, issued at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

“Firefighters continue to improve control lines and mop up,” the update also stated.

Dubbed the Power Fire because it started along Powerhouse Road, the blaze has scorched about 108 acres and destroyed several structures as it moved toward Corrine Lake Road.

Six firefighters reportedly have been hurt battling the blaze. The extent of their injuries is currently unknown.

“It is pretty hot and pretty dry out here,” CAL FIRE Spokesperson Jaime Williams told ABC 30 Sunday. “Crews are working in very steep and rugged terrain, but they did a really good job at getting out there and making a really aggressive attack.”

A mandatory evacuation order was lifted Sunday for residents living along Corinne Lake Road from Road 235 to Road 222 as well as those along Carmen Ranch Road and Box Canyon Road.

Corrine Lake Road remains open to residents only.

A Red Cross information site has been set up at the Old Mill site in North Fork for evacuees and others impacted by the fire.

The fire reportedly started along Road 222 four or five miles below Road 200 near Powerhouse 1, according to witness accounts.

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