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Update at 4:35 p.m. A mandatory evacuation order has been lifted by the Madera County Sheriff’s office for an area near Hensley Lake where fire crews are still working to contain the Acres Fire.

The forward rate was stopped and CAL fire officials at last check still reported it at 70 percent contained at 170 acres.

There is still a closure of Road 603 between roads 407 and 600 but road 600 is open. The fire ignited about 1:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Road 600 and 603 due to a vehicle fire and initially, Columbia aircraft were working the blaze but have since been called off.

Update at 3:42 p.m. CAL fire officials report the Acres Fire in Madera County as 70 percent contained at 170 acres with the forward rate stopped.

Columbia aircraft working the incident returned to the airbase. The closure of Road 603 between roads 400 and 600 near the Hensley Rec Area remains in effect as does a mandatory evacuation of the immediate area.

Update at 2:53 p.m. A Mandatory Evacuation Order remains in place for Road 600 and Road 603 due to the rapid flames’ spread of the Acres Fire in Madera County near Hensley Lake Rec Area.

It is reported as being at 120 acres. Currently, the CHP has closed Road 603 between 400 and 600.

Madera Sheriff’s officials say to monitor the situation; be prepared to take action immediately and not wait for an evacuation order to leave if you feel threatened.

Cal Fire officials could not say how many structures are threatened at this point. The fire ignited about 1:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Road 600 and 603 due to a vehicle fire.

Update at 2:15 p.m.: A Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for Road 600 and Road 603 has been ordered due to the rapid flames’ spread of the Acres Fire in Madera County now at 120 acres.

Madera Sheriff’s officials say to monitor the situation and be prepared to take action immediately. Don’t wait for an evacuation order to leave if you feel threatened. Cal Fire officials could not say how many structures are threatened at this point.

Original Post 2:07 p.m.: Sonora, CA — If you heard planes overhead, Columbia air units are assisting at the Acres vegetation fire in Madera County.

According to CAL Fire officials, the incident ignited from a vehicle fire around 1:30 p.m. near Raymond Road. The fire is being reported as in the vicinity of roads 600 and 603 and about six acres in size with a dangerous rate of spread with no current structure threat. The area is near the Hensley Lake Recreation area.

We will provide more details as they come into the NewsCenter.

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