Wind fuels wildfire

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A wind-driven fire of unknown origin had burned through at least 60 acres and was out of control as of Sunday afternoon, adjacent to Road 400 just west and south of Yosemite Lakes Park, according to Cal Fire authorities.

Madera County Battalion Chief James Forga said initial reports indicated one structure had been destroyed, along with numerous outbuildings.

“It appears the fire started roadside along Road 400, and the cause is under investigation. Steep terrain and heavy winds are hampering the effort. It’s burned up to the Roaring River Road area and near Rolling Mountain areas as well,” Forga said.

Known as the Lilly II Fire, the fire was first reported about 3 p.m. Road 400 was closed at Lilly Mountain Road as heavy smoke blanketed the area, and homes and outbuildings continue to be threatened. Other mountain roads near the fire were also closed for residents safety...

 

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