Fast-moving wildfire burning in Central California

The fire in Coalinga had grown to more than 12 square miles as of Friday morning.

Published on May 19, 2017 9:52AM


COALINGA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters worked throughout the night to get a handle on a fast-moving wildfire burning in Central California that has forced evacuations.

The fire in Coalinga broke out Thursday afternoon and had grown to more than 12 square miles by Friday morning. It is 40 percent contained.

KFSN reports Friday that windy conditions, tall grass and rugged terrain is making fighting the fire difficult.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged. However, six structures are threatened.

Authorities say that so far this year, Fresno County leads the state in the total amount of area burned, roughly 14 more square miles compared to this time last year.



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