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Firefighters stop North Fork fire from spreading. It's still half contained

Cal Fire reported the School Fire in North Fork on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
Cal Fire reported the School Fire in North Fork on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Twitter

A wildfire prompted evacuations and threatened structures in North Fork on Tuesday evening.

Cal Fire Capt. James Jimenez said Wednesday that the forward progress of the School Fire fire had been stopped and about 53 firefighters were still mopping up hot spots to get the wildfire incident to full containment. It was at half containment by noon Wednesday, Jimenez said.

A cause of the fire was still not yet known.

Initially, Cal Fire reported 25 acres had been threatened by fire, but Jimenez said that updated mapping Wednesday of the fire provided a more accurate picture of 12 acres burned. The fire was reported around 5:24 p.m. Tuesday near Road 230 and Road 225.

There were 170 personnel on scene Tuesday, including four air tankers and two helicopters. Jimenez said fire crews were not using any special equipment in Wednesday's efforts to put out hot spots.

Jimenez said structures were no longer threatened. The Madera County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that it was helping with evacuations. Deputies went door to door and alerted residents by phone, said spokeswoman Kayla Serratto.

Only residents were let through Road 274 and Road 225, according to the California Highway Patrol, and only fire personnel were let in through Road 230 and Road 225 as the flames threatened the area.

The CHP reported a brush fire near an Oakhurst tire shop along Highway 41 around the same time, but Serratto said the fire was put out without serious damage.

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