Winds Thursday morning blew smoke from the Sacata Fire west toward Clovis. Residents awoke to the smell of smoke, and a thick line of hazy smoke hung along the foothills. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District sent out an alert about potentially unhealthy air quality in some areas affecte by the smoke.
The wildfire east of Fresno near Pine Flat Lake had grown to 1,502 acres of brush, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The fire started about 1 p.m. Tuesday near Haslett Basin. As of midday Thursday, fire crews who worked overnight had containment lines around 5 percent of the fire, the Forest Service said.
More than 250 firefighters have been assigned to the wildfire, and more were expected by Thursday.
No structures have been damaged.