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June 17, 2013

Wildfire threatens homes in Mariposa

Crews are battling two wildfires in California’s Central Valley — one of which is threatening hundreds of homes. The fires in the foothills of Mariposa and Madera counties started on Sunday.

Crews are battling two wildfires in California’s Central Valley — one of which is threatening hundreds of homes. The fires in the foothills of Mariposa and Madera counties started on Sunday.

State fire officials say the Carstens fire has burned more than 1,000 acres about six miles northeast of Mariposa along Highway 140, one of the main routes into Yosemite National Park. Mandatory evacuations are in place for about 150 homes while others are under an evacuation warning.

Residents who have been evacuated live in the areas of Evacuations for Hites Cove, Jerseydale and Scott Road. State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the fire is being fueled by winds that are expected to reach about 20 miles per hour on Monday.

The smaller Rolling Hills fire, meanwhile, has burned about 482 acres near the Madera County city of Friant. As of 7:30 Monday morning, that fire was 80 percent contained, according to the CalFire website.

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