Sept. 16 6 a.m. Some evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted as firefighters gained ground on the Courtney Fire in Madera County. The 320-acre wildfire is now 35 percent.
Update 11 p.m.
The Courtney Fire, which has burned 320 acres in Madera County, is now 20 percent contained. The wildfire continues to threaten the Bass Lake Heights community and one section on Bass Lake near Road 222 remains evacuated.
According to the Madera County Sheriff's Office, there are currently four citizens and more than a dozen animals at a shelter in Oakhurst.
Sept. 14 10 p.m.
Madera County officials issued an evacuation notice Sunday night after a moderate-sized fire broke out in an area north of Bass Lake.
The fire was reported at 1:36 p.m. and was estimated to be about 320 acres. The wildfire was was zero percent contained as of 6:30 p.m.
Officials said the Courtney Fire burned at a moderate rate of speed and threatened about 400 structures.
Officials also issued the following road closures due to the fire:
- Road 426 near Suncrest to Road 223
- Road 222 to Road 432
- Road 222 at Road 426
- Road 223 at Road 420 (Thornberry)
Evacuation centers have been set up at North Fork Town Hall and Oakhurst Community Center.