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A fire near Escalon has burned at least three homes after jumping the Stanislaus River and heading toward the Del Rio neighborhood.

Multiple agencies are trying to get a handle on the fire, which is burning north of Modesto near Escalon. The fire started about 3:50 p.m. and was originally estimated to be 50 to 100 acres. By later in the evening, officials were saying the fire size was closer to 30 acres.

The fire started near the river in the area of River Road and McHenry Avenue in Escalon, according to the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection Disctrict.

The fire jumped the river and began to run along the riverbed. It crossed from San Joaquin into Stanislaus County.

About nine structures are threatened and at least three homes and five outbuildings have been lost in the fire.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for residents on Hogue Road, which is east of McHenry Avenue near Stewart Road. Twelve homes were evacuated. Power in the area has been turned off because the fire chewed through several power poles.

Crews from San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties are on scene.

Officials are asking people to stay out of the area, pull over for responding emergency vehicles and expect delays in the area.

Stay with FOX40 and for updates on this developing story.