Rapid brush fires force evacuation in Mariposa County

A fast-moving brush fire in Mariposa County, just north of Fresno, forced evacuations Monday afternoon, officials said.

The blaze, dubbed the Agua Fire, had burned dozens of acres between Interstates 49 and 140 by 3 p.m., according to a map shared by local officials.

Firefighters ordered the evacuation of people in areas between the two highways as the fire continued to burn upstream.

The fire was started by a vehicle accident along Highway 140 and quickly spread through surrounding brush, according to a Sierra Sun Times report.

Crews from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were battling the blaze, prompting agencies throughout the Central Valley to send units, said John Dominguez of Cal Fire/Fresno County Fire.

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Los Angeles Times

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