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Roadside fires cause closure of Hwy 41 north of Cholame "Y"

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 23:14:39-04

UPDATE (8:13 p.m.) - CAL FIRE reported the fire has been contained at 280 acres and they will remain on scene overnight, as well as patrol tomorrow.
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UPDATE (8:02 p.m.) - CAL FIRE tweeted forward progress of the fire has stopped at 280 acres and it's 55% contained.
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UPDATE (6:15 p.m.) - The Cholame "Y" has been reopened to traffic, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CAL FIRE says the fire has burned 240 acres and fire activity has started to diminish.

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UPDATE (5:34 p.m.) - CAL FIRE reports the fire has burned 200 acres and is now 20% contained.
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UPDATE (5:19 p.m.) - CAL FIRE reports that the fires have burned 75 acres of grass.

The fire is burning at a moderate rate of spread and has the potential to grow to about 300 acres.
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(4:58 p.m.) - Firefighters are responding to a series of spot fires along Highway 41 in the Cottonwood Pass area.

The fires were first reported shortly after 4:30 p.m., just north of the Cholame "Y".

According to the California Highway Patrol, Highway 41 is closed between Highway 46 in Cholame and Highway 33 in the Kettleman City area because of the fires.

This story is developing and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.