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Hunters Fire grows to 1,300 acres in Mariposa

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The Calif., Hunters Fire in Mariposa County which began on Monday afternoon at 3:33 p.m. near Lake McClure grew rapidly yesterday and reached 900 acres by this morning, May 27, 2014. This afternoon, it has reached 1,300 acres in size, and is now 20% contained.

The fire has burned two residences, and one outbuilding in the Hunters Road area and still threatens more than a hundred more homes. Evacuations have been made mandatory for the entire length of Hunters Rd. to Bear Valley Rd. Hunters valley Access Road is included in the closure.

As of 7:15 this evening Cal Fire reports there are 671 fire personnel on scene, with three air tankers, four helicopters, seven dozers and six water tenders.

Five injuries have been reported with only one of them being serious, involving an inmate and a chainsaw. The inmate was flown to a Modesto Hospital.

Cal Fire reports the winds were light today in the fire area, however, the winds did pick up somewhat this evening. Air tankers flew a full schedule today from the Columbia Air Attack Base. The air tankers and helicopters are not available after nightfall.

An evacuation center has been set up in Cathey's Valley at the McKay Hall. The address is 2820 Highway 140. The Mariposa Fairgrounds has been established as a location for large animals evacuated from the area of the fire.

Current evacuation orders and information can be gotten at the Mariposa County Sheriff''s office, the telephone number for the information is 209-966-1133.

As of Tuesday evening, the air quality has not been severely affected by the fire in surrounding communities, there are however, some air quality issues directly downwind of the fire. If the winds were to remain light and the smoke continues to rise, there are not expected to be severe problems. Local weather forecasts for Mariposa show an increased chance of winds in the sixteen m.p.h. range for Wednesday. Those winds can possibly cause significant problems for the fire fighters and also the air quality in the area downwind.

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