FRESNO COUNTY, CA (KMJ/FOX26) – Firefighters were injured battling the House Fire, Wednesday afternoon.
Update: 3:45 PM 1 CAL Fire and 1 US Forest Service Firefighter hit by debris both stable.150 acres 10% contained20 engines,4 dozers,6 crews7 Tankers4 HelicoptersEVACUATION *WARNING* NOT ORDER. Please prepare if in the threatened area. All resources being used to put out the fire immediately.
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One firefighter will have to be airlifted to the hospital after fighting the blaze in the Tollhouse area in Fresno County.
The fire is being called The “House Fire,” and broke out after 12:30 on Wednesday.
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Toni Botti telling KMJ that there was an “evacuation warning” in Tollhouse.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and Forest Service were on scene at Tollhouse Rd & Pittman Hill Road (near Humphreys Station).
Officials say a California Highway Patrol helicopter is on the way after the firefighter was hit by a boulder while battling the fire 2,000 feet up the hillside.
CalFire says the fire is about 100 acres and there are 7 air tankers inbound.
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Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig called in to the Afternoon Drive to give updates.
Magsig recommended residents get on the Everbridge alert system.
Tony Botti, spokesperson for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says Valley residents can get the messages, through the Sheriff’s Office, which uses a software program called Everbridge to deliver local emergency alerts on mobile devices by calls or text.
“So, if say a fire was burning in the mountains, we could send out a message similar to an Amber Alert where it hits a radius if you’re in that zone where you get a message on your phone even if you are not subscribed,” said Botti.