Homes Evacuated in Mariposa County as Hunter Fire Grows

A fast-moving brush fire in Mariposa County has charred more than 1,300 acres and triggered evacuations near Lake McClure, reports The Fresno Bee.

Evacuations began Monday night in the Hunters Valley area. About 30-35 homes in the Bear Valley area have been evacuated and roads have been closed, officials said. At 2:45 p.m., Cal Fire reported the fire was 20 percent contained.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Monday near Hunters Valley Access Road in the Bear Valley area. The fire has been dubbed the Hunters fire because of its proximity to Hunters Valley Road, located east of Lake McClure.

Evacuations began around 8 p.m. Monday in the Hunters Valley area. Hunters Valley Road is closed at Bear Valley Road and Cotton Creek Road at Bear Valley Road. The evacuation center is at 2820 Highway 140.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said roughly 100 residences were threatened. One was destroyed.

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