Grass fire forces evacuation order in Madera County

Wildfires

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – An evacuation order was issued in Madera County as firefighters worked to contain a grass fire on Monday afternoon.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order after a fire broke out east of Highway 99 at Avenue 17. The evacuation order has since been lifted.

Deputies say the fire posed an immediate threat to life and closed the area to public access.

Fire burning near the Loves Travel Center on Avenue 17 on Monday. (Photo: Madera Police Department)

A road closure was in place along Avenue 17 between Walden and Highway 99, including the off-ramps.

The Sheriff’s Office says there are still roadblocks in the area and the off-ramp at Avenue 17 from northbound Highway 99 will remain closed for the next few hours.

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