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  • Incident Name: Curry – Coalinga, Fresno County
  • Size (acres): 2,944
  • Percent contained: 100%
  • Estimated containment date: July 6, 2016
  • Firefighters assigned: 41
  • Firefighters injured: 0
  • Structures destroyed: 0
  • State: California
  • Lead Agency: CAL FIRE FKU[/x_accordion_item]

    Curry, Fresno-Kings Unit, Cal Fire. Transfer of command from Cal Fire IMT 1 (Patterson) back to the local unit occurred yesterday. Six miles southwest of Coalinga, CA. Chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.

    July 4, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Mop up and patrol will continue for the next few days. Fire suppression repair will be completed today. Be aware that fire equipment will still be in the area of the fire so drive slowly and safely when traversing the fire area along Highway 198.

    CAL FIRE Incident Management Team #2 wishes you a very Happy Fourth of July and we ask that you take the time to be aware of your surroundings for “One Less Spark” will prevent “One Less Wildfire”. If you buy safe and sane fireworks, in approved communities, use extreme caution and make sure that there is no threat to the wildland when using them. There is a zero tolerance toward the use and sale of illegal fireworks in the state of California. Only use fireworks with the State Fire Marshal Seal of Approval on them. For more information on fireworks safety and how you can be prepared for wildland fires go to or load the free “CAL FIRE” app onto your cell phone for both Android and IPhone users.

    July 3, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    The final containment lines will continue to be strengthened throughout the night. Mop up and patrol has started and will continue for the next two days as well. Fire suppression repair will be completed tomorrow. Be aware that fire equipment will still be in the area of the fire so drive slowly and safely.

    July 3, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    The Curry Fire southwest of Coalinga (Fresno County) is now 2,944 acres & 40% contained.

    July 2, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    The evacuation warning for the Curry Fire remains in effect through tomorrow, at which time it will be reevaluated based on the fire conditions.

    The current evacuation warning area for the Curry Fire is:
    Highway 198 south of the Coalinga City Limits to the Fresno/Monterey County Line and 3 miles south of Parkfield.

    The road closure on State Route 198 1.1 miles east of the junction of State Route 25 (Monterey County) to Firestone Avenue in Coalinga (Fresno County) was lifted as of 8:00 PM tonight. Repair crews will be in the area tomorrow so please exercise caution if driving through the region.

    The Curry Fire currently has approximately 25% containment and has burned approximately 2,944 acres. There have been no evacuations of residents and no reported damage to any structures. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    July 2, 2016 at 4:41 PM 

    Firefighters made progress through the night gaining some containment, however the steep terrain and increase winds in the evening posed a challenge in some areas of the fire. Today crews will continue direct line construction on both sides of Hwy 198.

    Evacuation Warnings for the following area:
    Highway 198 from Coalinga City limits to the Monterey-Fresno county line as well as 3 miles south of Highway 198 at Parkfield Grade.

    Road Closures:
    SR198 is closed is closed from 1.1 miles east of the junction of SR25 (Monterey Co) to Firestone Avenue in Coalinga
    (Fresno Co)

    Additional Inmformation:
    Evacuation Shelter has been set up at the Chapel Grace Church, 120 E. Hawthorne in Coalinga. Call Mike Markle at 559-903-8547 so they can open. Animal Shelter is available at the West Hills College Rodeo Grounds, on Gale one mile west of Hwy 198. Call Clint Cowden 559-816-9465 for more information.

    The Sheriff’s Office is issuing an Evacuation Warning for the Coalinga area near Curry Mountain due to a large grass fire reported at approximately 1700 hrs. this afternoon which quickly spread.

    As a reminder, there are two (2) types of evacuations notifications in Fresno County.

    • Evacuation Warning – Alerting of community members in a defined area of a potential threat to life and property from an emergency incident.

    • Evacuation Order – Movement of community members out of a defined area due to an immediate threat to life and property from an emergency incident.

    Residents in the affected area are urged to prepare so they can leave their residence with only a 15 minute notice. Residents should be prepared to stay out of the area for several days and take some sort of identification or proof of residence to be allowed back into the area once the fire has been contained.

    Evacuation Center:

    Chapel Grace Church

    120 E. Hawthorne

    Coalinga, CA

    Large Animal Evacuation Location:

    West Hills College Rodeo Grounds

    South side of Gale Ave. and 1 mile west of Highway 198