A fast-moving wildfire threatened homes in the foothills east of Clovis on Friday evening, prompting evacuation orders and road closures.
The Green fire, which was reported near Marshall Station at Auberry and Wellbarn roads southwest of Prather about 4:30 p.m., had spread to 123 acres by 6:30 p.m. and was 10 percent contained by 8:15 p.m., Cal Fire Capt. John Dominguez said.
About 225 fire personnel were fighting the fire, including firefighters and equipment crew, he said.
The fire’s forward progress had been halted by 8:15 p.m., Cal Fire reported.
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Auberry Road was closed between Granite Creek Road and Little Wild Horse Road, according to Cal Fire.
At 5:35 p.m., the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office ordered evacuations for residents on Auberry Road, White Thorne Road, Dry Pond Road, Hokes Corner Lane and Wellbarn Road, spokesman Tony Botti said. A few hours later, evacuations were lifted for residents outside the fire zone but remained in effect for residents inside the burn zone, which includes Auberry Road on the north, Dry Pond Road to the south, Little Wild Horse Road to the west and Wellbarn Road to the east, Botti said.
Full evacuations would likely be lifted by Saturday morning.
Cal Fire was reporting five outbuildings had been damaged.
An evacuation center was set up at Foothill Middle School, 29147 Auberry Road, in Prather. A large animal evacuation center was set up at Sierra High School, 33326 Lodge Road, Tollhouse, the sheriff’s office said.
Antonia DeSantigo waited in her car with three of her children as an emergency alert message came into her phone saying a fire that started earlier in the day was 100 percent contained. Cal Fire was reporting only 10 percent, however.
DeSantiago had been waiting at a corner store at Wellbarn and Auberry Roads for nearly two hours. Her mobile home was not far from where she waited.
With the rest of her family at her house, DeSantiago had been stuck there since the fire began.
“I came home on Auberry Road and they said I had to turn around,” DeSantiago said.
Caltrans set up a message board about road closures at Auberry and Morgan Canyon, according to the CHP website.
Firefighting aircraft were battling the wildfire from the air.
Bee writers Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, Marc Benjamin and Rory Appleton contributed to the story.