A vegetation fire that broke out about 3:45 p.m. near Deadwood Mountain south of Oakhurst, has caused the mandatory evacuation of people living on Snyder Court, Paulson Lane, and those on the south side of 420 between 41 and Sundance Lane.
No structures have been damaged at this time.
The fire started on the south side of Thornberry Road (420), about a quarter mile east of Highway 41. The fire then jumped to the north side of 420. Road 420 is the entrance to Mudge Ranch.
Road 420 is currently closed to all traffic. It is unknown, at this time, when the road will reopen.
Engines and crews from Cal Fire, and Madera County Fire Department stations have responded to the fire, along with helicopters dropping water, and two bombers dropping fire retardant.