Mariposa County wildfire forces evacuation of several dozen homes

The Central California blaze had charred more than 600 acres and was 40% contained on Wednesday night, fire officials say.

A 500-acre wildfire has forced the evacuation of several dozen homes in a rural part of Mariposa County.

The fire, burning a mixture of grass, brush and trees, started about 3:30 p.m. in the Hunters Valley area near Lake McClure.

Authorities ordered the evacuations of between 30 and 40 residences at about 7:30 p.m., said Kristie Mitchell, public information officer for the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. No other homes are currently threatened, she said.

The Hunters fire, at zero containment Monday night, has destroyed two structures, believed to be uninhabited, officials said. The cause is unknown.