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‘Power’ Fire Now 80% Contained; Mop Up Continues

NORTH FORK — Firefighters now have the upper hand on a vegetation fire that sparked late Saturday afternoon near Kerckhoff and Reddinger lakes.

According to the latest update from CAL FIRE, the blaze is now 80 percent contained. “Firefighters continue to improve control lines and mop up,” Tuesday’s update stated.

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

Six firefighters were injured 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 on 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. But as of Tuesday morning, Corrine Lake Road remained open to residents only.

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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