The fast-moving Fork Fire, which started from a house at an old mill compound in South Fork on Friday, was 70 percent contained as of 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Cal Fire said.
All evacuations were lifted for residents in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood. Fire crews kept the fire, which has burned 38 acres, from spreading overnight.
The fire started Friday afternoon at the mill, and by 10 p.m. it had spread to 35 acres before crews were able to stop its forward progress, County Supervisor Tom Wheeler said.
Four Cal Fire strike teams, four bulldozers and all-off duty deputies from the the Madera County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist.
Nearby residents off Road 233 were asked to evacuate, but as of 9:20 p.m. Friday evacuation orders were lifted for Wakova Lane, De Na Lane, Tu Nobi Way and Douglas Road, the Sheriff’s Office said. Cascadel and the Douglas Ranger Station were also lifted as of noon Saturday.
PG&E was working to restore power to those residents affected, and said that they hoped to have power returned to residents by late Saturday afternoon.
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