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Wildfire east of Clovis now 60 percent contained

A helitanker drops water over a wildfire burning near Watts Valley Road and Big Spring Lane east of Clovis, where about two dozen homes were threatened and a Fresno County Sheriff's vehicle was burned on Monday. Watch the firefighting effort at www.fresnobee.com/video
A helitanker drops water over a wildfire burning near Watts Valley Road and Big Spring Lane east of Clovis, where about two dozen homes were threatened and a Fresno County Sheriff's vehicle was burned on Monday. Watch the firefighting effort at www.fresnobee.com/video ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Fire crews are making progress in containing the Big Fire and evacuation orders have been lifted, Cal Fire’s Stacey Nolan said Tuesday.

As of 7:17 p.m. Tuesday, the fire that broke out around 2:30 p.m. Monday in the foothills east of Clovis was at 60 percent containment. A fire retardant line stopped the fire from growing and has kept the fire at 188 acres.

“We don’t expect any growth in acreage,” Nolan said.

The blaze initially threatened around two dozen homes, outhouses and barns in the areas of Watts Valley Road and Big Springs Lane, but evacuation orders were no longer in effect Tuesday, Nolan said.

A Fresno County Sheriff’s Office vehicle was burned as the fire grew; the deputy was not harmed.

Twenty engines, six hand crews, four water tankers, four bulldozers and a VLAT (very large air tanker) were used to battle the fire Monday. Nolan said the same equipment was being used Tuesday.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez Bee writer Ashleigh Panoo contributed to the story.

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