September 17, 2014
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Crews are battling two wildfires in California's Central Sierra foothills - one of which is threatening hundreds of homes.
The fires in Madera and Mariposa counties started on Sunday.
State fire officials say the Carstens fire has burned 1 and ½ square about six miles northeast of Mariposa off of Highway 140, one of the main routes into Yosemite National Park. Mandatory evacuations are in place for about 150 homes while others are under an evacuation warning.
State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the fire is being fueled by winds that are expected to reach about 20 miles per hour on Monday.
The smaller Rolling Hills fire, meanwhile, has burned about 482 acres near the Madera County city of Friant. That fire is 80 percent contained.
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