MADERA COUNTY, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – A wildfire has forced evacuation orders to be issued for homeowners near Kerckhoff Lake, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.
All homes on Corrine Lake Road and within a half-mile radius of the address 28445 Road 222 have been placed under an evacuation order as the ‘Smalley Fire’ continues to burn.
As of 7:15 p.m. on Monday, all homes on Box Canyon Road in North Fork have also been ordered to evacuate.
The Sheriff’s Office says the mandatory evacuation orders have been handed down because the wildfire burning near Road 222 and Tunoi Place is causing an immediate threat to life in the area.
The latest update provided by Cal Fire puts the fire at 45 acres with 30% containment.
Cal Fire says three buildings, including a mobile home, have been destroyed in the fire.
Officials say firefighters are rough terrain in the area is hampering efforts to get the fire under control.
The area has been closed off to the public as firefighters work to contain the fire.
Those in need of evacuation assistance are being asked to call 9-1-1.
The Red Cross has opened a Temporary Evacuation Point at the Oakhurst Community Center and will be providing lodging, water, snacks, and information for those affected by the Smalley Fire.