A grass fire near an Oakhurst church has forced evacuation of a neighborhood along Highway 49, according to Madera County Fire reports.
The Church fire, near Sierra Pines Church, 40869 Highway 49 at Vista Del Rio Drive, is estimated to be about 5 acres. The church was evacuated and a neighborhood on nearby Covey Way was placed on an advisory for evacuation, according to Cal Fire reports.
The California Highway Patrol reports slow-moving traffic along Highway 49 at Covey Way.
Aerial attack planes and helicopters were ordered to assist on the fire. The fire started close to the location of the Junction Fire in 2014.