French Fire Quickly Growing; 0 Percent Contained

Published 07/30 2014 09:14PM

Updated 07/30 2014 09:44PM

Firefighters continue to battle the fast-moving wildfire that's burning near North Fork in the Sierra National Forest. 

The French Fire has burned 5,600 acres and is 0 percent contained. 

The fire started Monday morning. 

More than 1,000 fire personnel are working to contain the blaze. 

As fire crews strategize their plan of attack on the wildfire, those living nearby are also closely monitoring the blaze. 

Melissa Cottington came into town to get away from the heavy smoke. 

She lives about 7 miles from where the fire is burning and worries it will come her way. 

"So that makes us nervous. We have animals, goats, and ducks, and chickens on 11 acres. So we're a little nervous," Cottington says. 

For mountain residents, wildfire season means being ready to pick up and leave at a moment's notice. 

"We do have our documents in a special file that's portable so that we can just take that and go," Cottington says. 

Just outside of town, Chawnee Gaskin and her boys are dealing with the thick smoke. 

"At night it smells like it's burning inside our house. It's so strong. It's scary," Gaskin says. 

The mountainside is charred and still smoldering as Madera County Sheriff's deputies drive up to help keep people away from the fire lines. 

"We are very fortunate this time there's really actually no residential areas up there," says Sheriff John Anderson. 

Some summer homes near the fire lines have been evacuated and 12 private campgrounds have been closed. 

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged. 

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