Crews make headway on 600-acre Hog Fire near Pine Flat Lake, 25% containment as evacuations lifted

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Courtesy of Cal Fire

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Firefighters made headway Saturday on a brush fire that’s burned 600 acres in the foothills near Pine Flat Lake since Friday, according to the Sierra National Forest.

The Hog Fire is 25% contained and was reported around 2:45 p.m. in the area of Trimmer Springs Road near Maxon Road on the west shore of Pine Flat Lake. Two wind-driven fires had merged into one as it drove across the hills.

Fire crews reported they were able to stop forward spread of the fire after an aggressive initial attack.

A total of 100 firefighting personnel from the Sierra National Forest and Cal Fire are battling the brush fire. Their response as of Friday consisted of six engines, a patrol vehicle, a dozer, a water tender, a helicopter, an air attack aircraft and a tanker on order.

Cal Fire officials said Saturday that their response to the Hog Fire consists of 80 personnel along with assistance from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and crews from Clovis, Fresno, Selma and Orange Cove.

Crews continue to work toward full containment as the blaze burns through thick grass, heavy brush and oak woodland, authorities said. They planned to continue constructing containment lines to prevent fire spread and mop up to the extent necessary to prevent the fire from escaping and to secure nearby structures.

Evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in the area, according to Cal Fire.

Officials urge the public to avoid the area while firefighters continue to build containment lines and extinguish hotspots.

No injuries among fire personnel have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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