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Willow Fire Grows To 2,000 Acres, May Force More Evacuations

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A type III Engine with the Willow Fire in the background on July 28, 2015.

Forest service officials say a juvenile is suspected of starting the Willow Fire near Bass Lake which has now burned more than 2,000 acres and is 30% contained. As FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports the fire may prompt more evacuations.

Residents in the Cascadel Woods community are already under a pre evacuation advisory but fire officials announced today that if the fire spreads they will issue a mandatory evacuation within 12 to 24 hours.

Cody Norris is a spokesman for the Sierra National Forest.

“It grew a bit overnight and is growing today we have a lot of resources on it but it’s burning really hot. We’ve had an increase in temperature, decrease in humidity so we’re seeing some really high fire behavior.”

Norris did not elaborate on the juvenile who is being blamed for starting the fire on Saturday.

Diana Aguilera is a multimedia reporter native of Santiago, Chile. It was during her childhood in Santiago where her love for journalism sparked. Diana moved to Fresno while in her teens and is a proud graduate of California State University, Fresno. While earning her degree in journalism and minor in Latin American studies, Diana worked for the Fresno Bee. Her work as a general assignment reporter continued after college and was recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2014, she joined Valley Public Radio. Her hobbies include yoga, traveling and reading.
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