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Fire near Coalinga burns almost 13 square miles, causes evacuations

Photo Courtesy: Leroy Squire

UPDATE 5/19 7:25 A.M.: The fire has burned almost 13 square miles and is 40% surrounded.



UPDATE 5/18 10:00 P.M.: The fire is now more than 5,000 acres and 20% surrounded. Firefighters say 15 to 20 structures are threatened.

A fire burning in Fresno County since Thursday afternoon has burned over 4,000 acres.

As of Thursday evening at 8:00 P.M. the so-called 'Elm Fire' is only 10% surrounded.

Evacuations are being ordered form Parkefield Grade Road.

Earlier in the afternoon this fire was said to be 'wind-driven and moving fast.'

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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