- Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2016

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a fast-moving fire forced people to evacuate at least 300 homes on the path of the blaze in Fresno County.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday the 1,000 acres wildfire started Saturday afternoon off Gooseberry Lane and Morgan Canyon, south of the town of Prather. The blaze was 5 percent contained Sunday morning.

Residents of the rural area surrounded by rolling hills told reporters they scrambled to evacuate with their animals as the wind-driven blaze swept through dry slopes.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the fire it’s burning in an area with many dead trees.

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says Highway 168 is closed from Millerton Road to Auberry Road in Prather.

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