Fork Fire burns into its second day

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NORTH FORK–The Fork Fire started yesterday, Wednesday 9.7.2022, around 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. The fire started near Routes 200 and 222 in North Fork and by sunset had burned 400 acres. Evacuations proceeded at a frantic pace and many aircraft, in addition to fire crews on the ground, poured into the area.

Currently, the fire has burned over 700 acres and evacuations are still in place. 400 homes are threatened according to CalFire. A cause has not been determined and no information about the lost structures has been released. The fire is under the direction of the Madera, Mariposa, Merced unit of CalFire.

Evacuations

A Zonehaven evacuation map is used by fire managers to streamline evacuation orders.

Two evacuation shelters are open for evacuees affected by the Fork Fire in Madera County. Red Cross volunteers will provide safe shelter, food, water, health services, showers, emotional support and additional resources to anyone displaced by the fire.

EV Free Church (50443 High School Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644). Residents are encouraged to visit this location.

EVACUATION ORDER:

-Route 228 near the school & cemetery

-Area surrounding Willow Creek Drive

-Route 225 from Douglas Ranger Station Rd to Boulder Creek

-All areas of Rainbow and Mission Road

-Route 233 from Route 225 to Peckinpah

-Route 222 between Route 200 and Carmen Ranch Road

– Willow Creek Boardwalk

-Church Street

-Highway 228

-Wakova Lane

-From Na Lane

-Tu-Nobi Way

-Poy Ah Now Road

– Alley of the larks

-Route 225 between Route 228 Lark Lane, Southside

There is an immediate threat to life. It’s an evacuation order to leave NOW. The area is closed to public access. Act immediately.

EVACUATION WARNINGS:

-Route 225 from Lark Lane to Italian Bar Road

-Cascadel Road from Route 225 to the Community of Cascadel

-Douglas Ranger Station Road

-Route 222 from Carmen Ranch Road to Fresno/Madera County Line

Small animals can go to the Oakhurst Community Center at 39800 Fresno Flats Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644 and large animals can go to the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds at 44777 Rodeo Grounds Ln, Coarsegold, CA 93614.

The Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) handles animal evacuations and has shared the following information:

We understand how frightening these evacuation orders are. Time is of the essence, but if you can, please include the following when you bring your small pets to ensure they are less stressed.

  • Bring any special food or their own food, so as not to upset their stomach further.
  • Bring along a special toy to help provide more comfort.
  • Bring any medication and we ask that you give it to them yourself.
  • Please come back daily to help care for them, as your pet will be much better off with the help and care of their owners.
  • We prefer that you come back early in the morning and in the evening after 5 p.m. to walk them. This lets them know you’re still nearby and they haven’t been abandoned.

Know and be reassured that they are well taken care of in these unfortunate circumstances.

For the evacuation of animals or animals that are sheltering in place, the CCADT has published the following:

The animal evacuation form is here.
The shelter-in-place form is here.

Road closures

  • Route 222 @ Route 200 (Route 222 Closed)
  • Route 222 @ Carmen Ranch Road (Route 222 closed)
  • Route 225 @ Douglas Ranger Station Road (both roads are closed)
  • Route 225 @ Tera Tera Ranch Road (Route 225 closed)

More information is available on CalFire’s Fork Fire incidents page.

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