Wildfire near Coalinga doubles in size

8,200 acres burned, residents evacuated

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

Cal Fire reports the fire has now grown to 8,200 acres and is 40% contained. More than 150 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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

Highway 198 is closed from west of Coalinga up to the Monterey County line. 

Red Cross is helping those affected. An evacuation center has been setup at West Hills Community College.

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

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