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Community demands answers after string of fires

Cal Fire worked around the clock to mop of two fires Wednesday night.
Cal Fire said there have been more than a dozen fires since Saturday in the Yosemite Lakes Park community  and residents are terrified. Firefighters worked around the clock to mop up the two fires Wednesday Night.

The first fire burned around five acres and the other burned sixty.  This leaves the community is on high alert.

"When you're in such a small community it strikes close to your heart," said Yosemite Lakes Park resident, Patricia Kanaley.

Kanaley is just one of the many residents who are fearful their houses could be next. Kanaley said she's lived in the park the last 19 years and hasn't seen anything like it.

"A lot of people don't want to leave their homes, they don't want to take a chance of coming home and having nothing left," said Kanaley.

Cal Fire says the cluster of fires is unusual, but they are ready to use the word arson yet, but they arent ready to use the word arson yet.

"Ninety-four percent of all fires in California are human caused. Does it mean that someone intentionally set that fire? So, you have to be careful on how you investigate," said Karen Guilleman with Cal Fire.

Residents are demanding answers, so the park is holding meeting to address the fires. It will take place Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8 at the park's clubhouse.  Cal fire and the Madera County Sheriff's Office will be on hand to answer questions.
 
"Put some of the homeowners mind at ease that we're working really hard on it and trying to take care of the situation, just so they know what's going on," said Cindy Liman with Yosemite Lakes Park.
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