Big and small cats evacuated as large Fresno County fire grows

Sep 10, 2015 5:45 PM by News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Nearly three dozen wild cats are being evacuated as the state's biggest wildfire continues to spread, possibly threatening the park where they live.

Cat Haven in Fresno County, where the fire has been burning for nearly six weeks, is closing temporarily.

Meanwhile, officials are advising more residents to be ready to evacuate as the stubborn blaze spreads.

The fire sparked by lightning on July 31 has charred about 172 square miles. It is less than one-third contained.

Lions, tigers and other cats big and small will soon be moved from the 100-acre site just west of King's Canyon National Park.

The foothill communities of Dunlap, Miramonte, and Pinehurst are under evacuation warnings.

KFSN reports cats will go south to the Los Angeles area, while others will stay in the Fresno area. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is also helping out.


Information from: KFSN-TV.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Most Popular