Crews battling several fires along Highway 41 near Jensen, drivers asked to avoid area

The Fresno Fire Department says the smoke is creating hazardous driving conditions in the area and is urging motorists to use caution and slow down.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- More than 30 firefighters are battling several fires along Highway 41 near Jensen Ave. in southwest Fresno.

The Fresno Fire Department says the smoke is creating hazardous driving conditions in the area and is urging motorists to use caution and slow down.

Several times on Friday morning, fire crews were called in to extinguish small grass fires near homeless encampments in the area.



The situation became dangerous due to the weather conditions.

Embers from one of the fires that started at about 2:45 pm spread farther than expected due to gusty winds, and the heat wave sweeping the Valley helped spark several small spot fires along Highway 41.

Fresno Fire says crews are working to protect homes in the area and contain the fire along the highways.



A commercial structure in the area was threatened by the fire but was saved by fire crews.
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