Firefighters Make Progress in Avocado Lake Fire

May 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters working through the night made significant progress on a fast-moving wildfire in eastern Fresno County.More than 2,000 acres have burned near Avocado Lake, leading to voluntary evacuation notices for more than two dozen homes.

The wind is picking up today, but firefighters feel like they have a good enough handle on this fire to keep it under control.

New fire crews headed back up the hill all morning. They say their work is not yet done.

The cooler temperatures overnight and this morning are a major factor in helping firefighters contain this fire. Bulldozers and hand crews worked through the night to get a line around the entire fire area.

Chris Christopherson, Fresno County Cal Fire, says "That line is the fire control line. And that's what we're hoping will hold today. We've got more crews going up there to support that and working that area, along with the engine crews. Hopefully they can widen and improve that fire control line to contain this side of the fire."

One spot fire overnight burned an acre of grass near a home, but that was quickly stopped. No homes were damaged, but at one time nearly 30 homes were threatened.

Firefighters say the key was an immediate response from firefighters throughout the state. Within about four hours of it starting, 200 firefighters arrived on the scene.

Wind will be a factor again Wednesday. Last night firefighters measured gusts as high as 30 miles per hour over the ridge. They expect to have it fully contained by 6 or 7 Wednesday night.


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