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Curry fire southwest of Coalinga 90 percent contained

A Cal Fire crew mops up a flare up of the Curry Fire Sunday afternoon, July 3, 2016 along Highway 198 west of Coalinga.
A Cal Fire crew mops up a flare up of the Curry Fire Sunday afternoon, July 3, 2016 along Highway 198 west of Coalinga. ezamora@fresnobee.com

The Curry fire southwest of Coalinga is 90 percent contained and has burned 2,944 acres, Cal Fire said.

Cleanup and patrols of the area will continue for the next few days, and repair of area damaged during firefighting will end Monday, Cal Fire said. Because fire equipment still will be in the area, Cal Fire encourages travelers to drive slowly and safely in the fire area along Highway 198.

The fire started July 1 on Curry Mountain, seven miles southwest of Coalinga. The Fresno-Kings Unit of Cal Fire responded to the fire, the causes of which are still under investigation.

Despite its size, the Curry fire hasn’t threatened any buildings. A total of 188 personnel and six fire engines were dispatched to it.

In light of Fourth of July celebrations, Cal Fire encourages people to buy only fireworks with the State Fire Marshal Seal of Approval and use them with extreme caution. The agency also reminded residents of the zero tolerance policy toward the use and sale of illegal fireworks in California.

For more information about fireworks safety and being prepared for wildfires, visit http://www.readyforwildfire.org/ or download the free CAL FIRE app.

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