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Developing: Fire Watch
Sat August 11, 2012
Fire Threatens Community of Meadow Lakes
UPDATE: Sunday 6:30 p.m. The Lanes Fire is now 80 percent contained. CalFire reports that 11 firefighters have been injured.
UPDATE: Sunday 7:30 a.m.
CalFire officials now say that the Lanes Fire has consumed only 138 acres and is 30 percent contained. Over 500 firefighters are at work battling the blaze.
Residents in the Fresno County mountain community of Meadow Lakes are being advised to evacuate their homes today due to a brush fire burning near the "four lane" section of Highway 168.
As of 6:30 p.m. the Lanes Fire had consumed around 150 acres of dry brush. Approximately 200 structures are threatened.
A total of seven fire crews, 22 fire engines and two helicopters are battling the blaze. Highway 168 is currently closed at the Lodge Road intersection. Residents around the Beale Fire Road are also being told to evacuate.
PG&E has turned off power to customers in the Meadow Lakes area. Meadow Lakes is home to the broadcast towers for a number of Fresno based radio and television stations, including Valley Public Radio. KVPR's transmitter is currently running on a backup generator due to the power outage.
The fire was reported at around 12:30 p.m. today. The cause is not yet known.
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