Mandatory evacuations ordered in Mariposa Co. wildfire - UPDATED
|Hunters Fire Incident Information:|
|Last Updated:||May 27, 2014 7:00 am|
|Date/Time Started:||May 26, 2014 3:33 pm|
|Administrative Unit:||CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa Unit|
|Location:||Hunters Valley area, near the southeast shore of Lake McClure|
|Acres Burned - Containment:||900 acres - 10% contained|
|Structures Threatened:||100 residneces|
|Evacuations:||Evacuations in effect in the Hunters Valley Area Information from the Mariposa County Sheriff.|
|Cooperating Agencies:||CHP, CDCR, Mariposa County Sheriff, Mariposa County Fire, US Forest Service, BLM and dozens of local fire agencies|
|Total Fire Personnel:||476|
|Total Fire Engines:||39|
|Total Fire crews:||13|
|Total Water Tenders:||6|
COULTERVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) —Mandatory evacuations are in place as the Mariposa County wildfire has grown to 500 acres, officials said Monday night.
About 100 homes are threatened.
Those evacuations are ordered for all of Hunters Valley Road to Bear Valley Road, including Hunters Valley Access Road and Detwiler Road.
A center has been set up at McKay Hall, in Catheys Valley -- at 2820 Highway 140.
The American Red Cross Central Valley Region is expecting about 40 families.
The blaze went from 20 acres to 250 acres to 500 acres as of about 8:30 p.m., Cal Fire confirmed.
State fire crews first responded to the smoke and flames about 3:30 p.m.
The blaze is burning near Lake McClure, off Hunters Valley Access Road in the Bear Valley area. The Hunters Fire, as it's called, started as a structure fire, but spread when it mixed with some brush, creating the wildfire, Cal Fire said.
It's at 0 percent containment.
Although the blaze started in a rural area, many people are in the foothills this weekend for Memorial Day, said Daniel Berlant, a Cal Fire spokesman.
Due to the warm temperatures and dry conditions, the fire spread quickly, he added.
Helicopters, bulldozers and other resources have moved in from across the region, Berlant said.
Cal Fire is prepared for a blaze like this, and learned many lessons from the wildfires that burned in Southern California in the past two or so weeks, Berlant said.
There always seems to be increased fire activity on the holiday weekend, he added.
Cal Fire isn't sure yet what sparked the blaze.
As for road closures, Hunters Valley Road at Bear Valley Road is shut down, along with Cotton Creek Road at Bear Valley Road.
No evacuation orders are posted for Cotton Creek Road.