All evacuations lifted, Grade Fire 65% contained


Hawkinsville, Cal.- All evacuation notices have been lifted to residents in the Hawkinsville, California area Friday morning.

The Grade Fire started burning Wednesday afternoon and quickly spread, burning four homes and four outbuildings, as well as dozens of cars. As of Friday morning, it stood at 710 acres and was 65 percent contained.

Residents started making escorted trips back to their homes Thursday. Many of them found scorched out shells of what they had once loved.

Friday, all roads closed due to the fire were back open, although Hawkinsville Humbug and Rocky Gulch roads were only open to local traffic. Crews will be in the area all day and into the weekend, clearing debris, trees and power lines.

CalFire is asking anyone who sees electrical wires on the ground to stay clear and contact Pacific Power & Light. The organization is also asking drivers to go slow in the area, as emergency, utility and fire crews will be working.

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