8pm Monday Update: Cascadel Fire

September 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Residents up in the North Fork area are apparently in the clear from a big wildfire.Possible Threat of isolated dry lightning is predicated for tomorrow.

The Cascadel Fire spread to 280 acres, but firefighters have a line around the entire fire and they say it's 70 percent contained tonight. They expect to have it completely contained by Tuesday.

Hundreds of residents got evacuation warnings, but the flames moved away from homes.

Stay with Action News and ABC30.com for the latest on this fire.

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CASCADEL FIRE STATUS

Fire information is available by calling the North Fork Ranger Station at 559-877-2218. The fire information phone line will be staffed from 8:00 am - 4:30pm.

Date Started: September 11, 9:00 pm
Acres Burned: 280 acres
Acreage Increase (last 12 hours) 0 acres
Cause: Human Caused, under investigation
Estimated cost to date: $1,900,000
Structures Threatened: 320
Structures Destroyed: 0
Percent Contained: 80
Expected Containment: September 16, 2008
Total Injuries: 4

Resources:
Crews: 12
Engines: 18
Helicopters: 4
Air Tankers: 0
Air Attack: 1
Dozers: 1
Total Personnel Assigned: 475

Fire Situation:
Today the fire was confined mostly to ground activity, very little activity was observed. Firefighters made good progress on mop-up today; crews were working up to 200' inside the line. One hot spot was observed and quickly cooled off by the helicopter. There will be no night operations.

Road Closures:
Peckinpah Road (8S09) to Whiskey Falls is closed.
Road 7S07/7S76 at Fish Creek is closed to the public.

Community Meetings:
There will be a community meeting today at 12:00 pm at the Cascadel Woods Club House. This meeting is for the residents only of the Cascadel Woods area. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fresno, Calif. - Sept 12, 2008 - The Fresno Madera Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is on standby alert because to the Cascadel wildfire, near Northfork. There are approximately 300 individuals on precautionary alert in Cascadel Woods, Cascadel Heights and Peckenpaugh Acres.

Red Cross disaster shelter teams are on stand by and will respond to families in need if a evacuation order is given by the Office of Emergency Services in Madera County. Currently, North Fork Elementary School, 33087 Road 228, in Northfork is prepared to be an evacuation center for the American Red Cross.

When disaster strikes, your local chapter of American Red Cross is there, whether it is a single-family home fire or a major disaster. American Red Cross disaster assistance is free. The American Red Cross is not a government agency and does not receive government funding. The American Red Cross depends on financial contributions from the local community. To help local disaster victims, please call 455-1000. Internet users may also make a secure online contribution by visiting www.fresnomaderaredcross.org



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