A pair of fires just east of North Fork have grown to over 170 combined acres, fire officials said.
The Redinger and Castle Fires are located along Mammoth Road and on Sierra National Forest grounds. Alex Olow, a spokesperson for the Sierra National Forest, said the two fires were 20 percent contained 8 a.m. Tuesday after sparking late Monday night.
“I want to say it’s a moderate rate of spread, but they definitely have the potential to pick up once the day gets hotter,” Olow said.
The blazes prompted the Madera County Sheriff’s Office to place an area near Mammoth Pool and Saginaw Creek in eastern Madera County on pre-evacuation notice Monday night.
Kayla Serrato, spokeswoman for the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, said the notice was lifted Tuesday morning after conversations with the Sierra National Forest made it clear there was no need for it.
On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office also announced the closure of a 1.6-mile stretch of Minarets Road along the Redinger Overlook.
Olow said no structures were threatened by the fires Tuesday morning, but the fires do have the potential to spread into timber located within a tree mortality zone.
The Sierra National Fire is working with Cal Fire and Madera County to fight the fires. There are 13 engines, four crews, three water tenders and two bulldozers assigned to the blazes. Air support arrived at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and two air tankers and helicopters are en route.
The cause of the fires remains under investigation.
The pair of blazes comes about week after the Ferguson Fire was fully contained. The Ferguson Fire burned a total of 96,901 acres and was the largest fire in the history of the Sierra National Forest.