Update: Sky Fire Grows To 125 Acres
Update 6/29/15: Sierra National Forest says containment is 100% and reduced the numbers of acres burned to 500.
Update 7 p.m.: The Sky Fire has now burned 125 acres. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place in the Calvin Crest area and on Road 632 up to Bayshore. Cal Fire spokesperson Karen Kanawyer says, “The 8 hand crews, 36 fire engines, 6 water tenders, and 4 dozers…all of them will continue to fight the fire through the night.” She adds that the Forest Service will be taking over command of the fir,e as the flames have spread into the Sierra National Forest.
Update 5:50 p.m.: The Sky Fire has grown to 75 acres. Columbia Air-Attack is assisting in battling the flames north of Oakhurst near Highway 41 and Road 632. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place in the Calvin Crest area and on Road 632 up to Bayshore. Day Campers at Calvin Crest should be picked up at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church in Oakhurst. Other campgrounds along Road 632 and Greys Mountain Campground are also being evacuated, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Officials indicate a truck pulling a trailer that caught fire may have sparked the blaze.
Update 5:30 p.m.: Columbia Air-Attack continues to battle the 10-acre Sky Fire in Madera County, where evacuations are ongoing. Cal Fire spokesperson Karen Kanawyer says, “The Sky is still burning at a dangerous rate of spread. The threat continues to Calvin Crest Camp, Camp Deadwood, the Bay Shore Road area and both sides of road 632. We have mandatory evacuations in all of those areas and we’re asking them to immediately evacuate the area.” Kanawyer says the Red Cross will be setting up a shelter, but she does not have an address yet.
Update 4:35 p.m.: The fire has been named the Sky Fire. It is burning in Madera County. CHP reports that a truck was briefly on fire in the area of this vegetation fire.
Original Post 4:22 p.m.: Oakhurst, CA — Columbia Air Attack has been called off the Triangle Fire in the Bootjack area of Mariposa County to battle a new fire, north of Oakhurst, where evacuations are being ordered.
It is only 10 acres but Mariposa Unit of Cal Fire spokesperson Karen Kanawyer says “We have a dangerous rate of spread, it is burning in heavy brush and timber and we are going to issue an evacuation notice for Calvin Crest area.” Calvin Crest is a summer camp, conference center and outdoor school consisting of several buildings. There are also several homes in the area that are threatened as well and are under evacuation orders.
The fire is near Road 632 leading to the camp, in the Cedar Valley area.