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Blaze Prompts Evacuations Of 1,000 people In Fresno County

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks / Facebook
 

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(AP) - Authorities in Fresno County have ordered mandatory evacuations in the Hume Lake area that will affect about 1,000 people after a wildfire crossed over a highway.

Fresno County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday Highway 180 will remain closed in the area until authorities determine it is safe to reopen.

The wildfire is burning in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest and grew to 80,901 acres with 3 percent containment Tuesday. The blaze in Fresno County was sparked by lightning.

Fresno officials say no one is being allowed to enter the area near Hume Lake, a reservoir that is one of Sequoia National Forest's most visited destinations.