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Fire near Oakhurst briefly forces evacuations

A wildfire was sparked Friday evening near an area threatened by last month's Junction Fire, but firefighters quickly attacked it and kept its size to a minimum, Madera County sheriff's officials said.

Erica Stuart of the Madera County Sheriff's Office said that Cal Fire ordered initial evacuations for Jean Road East and an area east of Scott Drive and Jean Road West. But by 7:45 p.m., Stuart said that all evacuation orders were lifted.

At 8:15 p.m., Stuart said that Cal Fire reported the blaze at 5 acres in size. Stuart also said that three homes were at risk. Fire crews are still battling the flames near these homes.

No immediate cause for the fire was reported.

Smoke was first spotted at 5:59 p.m. near the Scott Drive and Jean Road West area. By 6:10 p.m., the fire was moving uphill and threatening the eastern and western sections of Jean Road.

At 6:26 p.m., deputies said the fire was east of the Old Corral area around Road 222 and Road 274 near Bass Lake. Volunteer units are blocking access to traffic at John West Road.

This story will be updated.

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