Elm Fire burns 10,200 acres, 50% contained

A grass fire south of Coalinga has doubled in size, forcing residents to evacuate. 

Cal Fire reports the fire has now grown to 10,200 acres and is 50% contained. More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze.

The s"Elm Fire" started Thursday afternoon. It is threatening homes, residents living on Parkeville Grade Road were told to evacuate.

Highway 198 is back open as of Friday afternoon. 

Red Cross is helping those affected. An evacuation center was setup at West Hills Community College, but has been closed because nobody showed up.

Windy conditions helped the fire spread quickly and tall grass is also a factor. The cause is unknown.


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