A brush fire that started in the foothills of Madera County on Thursday afternoon was estimated at about 85 acres as of 9:30 p.m., with a containment of 50 percent, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The Grub Fire, burning in the area of Grub Gulch, prompted a brief mandatory evacuation order by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office for homes near the towns of Raymond and Ahwahnee.
Because of the rate at which the flames were spreading, Road 600 was closed from Apache Ranch Road and Road 810, and the Sheriff’s Office announced evacuations for residents in the areas on both sides of Road 600 from the Fresno River to Road 810.
The evacuation order, initially issued shortly after 3 p.m., was lifted by 4:40 p.m. Cal Fire reported that three homes were evacuated because of the blaze.
While the evacuation order had been lifted, the Sheriff’s Office warned that firefighters and their equipment were still working and urged residents to use caution in the area.