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Fire evacuation warning issued for Wishon area

A firefighter battling the Rough fire sets back burns along Highway 180 as other crew members keep watch across the road in Kings Canyon National Park on Aug. 21.
A firefighter battling the Rough fire sets back burns along Highway 180 as other crew members keep watch across the road in Kings Canyon National Park on Aug. 21. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office on Friday issued an evacuation warning to residents in the Wishon area because of dangerous work being done nearby on the Rough fire.

The warning is for everyone along McKinley Grove Road between Dinkey Creek and Wishon Reservoir. McKinley Grove Road is open to motorists, but a deputy is posted at the Dinkey Creek intersection to notify drivers of the dangerous conditions.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said the warning is related to a planned operation by firefighters working the Rough fire. Crews are working to connect two fire lines about two to four miles south of Wishon. This has caused heavy smoke in the area.

Botti said firefighters do not anticipate problems, but if the fire jumps a containment line, residents would have just two hours to leave the area.

The Rough fire started July 31 after a lightning strike. So far, 60,238 acres have burned and the fire is 25 percent contained.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office sent out a social media note to residents saying that smoke from the fire would be moving through Madera and Mariposa counties on Friday. The message asked residents not to worry; no new fires are burning in either county.

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