Railroad Fire Now 64 Percent Contained, Highway 41 Reopens Later Today

Sierra National Forest Officials Issue Forest Advisory Concerning Railroad Fire in Madera and Mariposa Counties

Sierra National Forest Officials Issue Forest Advisory Concerning Railroad Fire in Madera and Mariposa Counties

Thanks to cooler temperatures combined with higher humidity, the Railroad Fire grew slightly overnight to 12,353 acres, at 64% containment.

Crews will continue to extinguish hot spots along the perimeter of the fire.

Agency Administrator Mark Van Every states "Our top priority is the safety of our fire fighters, residents and forest visitors". They should also be aware that large equipment will still be traveling along the winding mountain road, and give them a wide berth when encountered. Those repairs can vary depending upon the intended use of the affected area after the fire. Seventeen structures have been destroyed and 6 people have been injured, the Forest Service said.

Highway 41 fully reopened at 2 p.m. Saturday, a few hours earlier than fire officials had previously predicted.

Still under a mandatory evacuation are Cedar Valley, Big Sandy Campground, Nelder Grove, Camp Redwood, Paradise Springs, Calvin Crest, and Soquel and Texas Flat campgrounds.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office said both the evacuation order for Cedar Valley and the evacuation advisory for Road 620 were being lifted.

Residents returning after the Mission Fire may utilize the North Fork Transfer Site at 33699 Road 274 in North Fork. Entry to non-residents will remain restricted.

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