A wildfire in the area of Highway 41 and Road 209 in O’Neals grew to 1,450 acres by Monday morning, and forced temporary closure of Highway 41 at Highway 145.
Highway 41 was reopened at 6 a.m. Sunday, after it was closed for more than 12 hours due to the blaze, dubbed the Oakwood Fire.
Jaime Williams, spokeswoman for Cal Fire’s Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit, said the blaze was 75% contained Monday morning. The fire is near the Rocky Cut area of Highway 41.
She said the fire started around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and the cause is still under investigation. All forward progress of the fire was stopped around 8 p.m. Saturday, Williams said.
By 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 22 engines, three air tankers, and three helicopters were assigned to the incident.
No structures were lost, but one was threatened. Firefighters were reportedly finding difficulty in steep terrain.