About 200 families in Cascadel Woods and the South Fork area of North Fork were allowed to return to their homes late this morning, July 30 after a mandatory evacuation last night due to a 38-acre fire that destroyed two homes.
Although power is still off in the area, PG&E crews are expecting to have it restored by late afternoon today.
Evacuation orders were in place Friday evening as a house fire quickly destroyed two homes and spread to about 30 acres before forward progress was stopped.
The Fork Fire started about 6 p.m. in a house (no one home at the time) in the Compound Loop housing area on Road 225 across the street from the old North Fork mill. About 20 homes are in the loop.
The fire spread to an adjacent house, and both homes were destroyed. No injures have been reported.
According to Cal Fire spokesperson Jaime Williams, 22 engines, five water tenders, three bulldozers, nine hand crews and multiple aircraft responded to the fire.
The fire is about 40% contained.
Additional deputies were brought to the area last night to protect the evacuated homes from looters.
Williams said the California Highway Patrol did a good job with traffic control and members of the Madera County Sheriff’s Department did an excellent job evacuating the area.
Cause of the fire is under investigation.
People interested in receiving updates regarding the fire can receive information by texting ForkFire to 888777. You can follow the latest information at facebook.com/MaderaSheriff.