Fire crews increase containment of Sierra wildfires


10 September, 2017

Fire crews and apparatus will be present on all Forest roads as their efforts continue in constructing and reinforcing containment lines around the perimeter.

As fire suppression operations continue Sierra National Forest Administrator's encourage visitors to the forest to exercise caution when traveling through the Forest, and stay off Forest roads where fire is still actively burning.

Today's forecast is calling for slightly higher temperatures, between 75 and 85 degrees, and a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, with gusty and erratic winds possible should those develop. That blaze, in Madera County, has burned through 1,035 acres; while destroying three structures and damaging four others.

Sky Ranch opened to residents only at 11:30 a.m. yesterday, up to Buckskin only.

A community meeting to provide updates was scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Porterville College Student Center.

Highway 41, which had been closed because of the Railroad Fire, fully reopened at 2 p.m. Saturday, a few hours earlier than fire officials had previously predicted.

Worman Road one mile in from Highway 49 (at Road 601).

The Railroad Fire began August 29 between the communities of Sugar Pine and Fish Camp. Mandatory evacuations are still in place for areas including Camp Nelson, Alpine Village and Sequioa Crest.

Residents returning after the Railroad Fire may utilize the dumpster located in front of the office at the Sheriff's Substation located at 48267 Liberty Drive in Oakhurst. Entry to non-residents will remain restricted.

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