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Oak Fire: Crews Achieve 64% Containment, Area Holds at 19,244


FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Crews continue to gain containment on the Oak Fire in Mariposa County. CAL FIRE reports that there was no fire growth overnight and that containment increased from 5% to 64%.

The wildfire has burned 19,244 acres since it first broke out on the afternoon of Friday July 22.

CAL FIRE reports that 116 homes were destroyed, along with 66 outbuildings.

Currently, the most complex firefighting operation is taking place in the Devil’s Gulch area, with crews working to build and secure lines of control across incredibly steep and rugged terrain.

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Firefighters are battling to control the flames from the ground and from the air as the wildfire continues to threaten around 200 other buildings.

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The Oak Fire was started near the community of Midpines between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. By evening he had reached the Sierra National Forest.

Authorities have gradually reduced evacuation orders to fire advisories.

This means residents are allowed to return home, but must be prepared to leave in case the flames spread further.

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Areas such as Triangle Road, parts of the Lushmeadows subdivision and all addresses on Highway 140 are now open, but only to residents who live in the area.

You can see updates and details on this evacuation map created by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.

Areas marked in red are where residents are ordered to leave. Areas in yellow are subject to fire advisories.

Governor Newsom secured federal funding to keep resources and firefighters moving.

Firefighting efforts are hampered by hot weather with minimal humidity. The fire is also burning in an area of ​​high tree mortality and dense fuels.

Video taken by an ABC30 crew shows huge clouds of dark smoke rising from entire hillsides engulfed in flames.

It was the third wildfire to spread quickly and force the evacuation of the county in two weeks.

Firefighters are still trying to completely contain the Washburn blaze.

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Several roads in Mariposa County are closed. You can find updates on road closures on the CAL FIRE page.

An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Mariposa Primary School. Evacuees receive safe shelter, water, meals and more resources.

Address of evacuation centers:

  • Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones Street, Mariposa, CA 95338
  • Animal evacuation centers:

  • Small Animals: Mariposa County SPCA 5599 Hwy 49 North, Mariposa (full)
  • Small Animals: Mariposa Elementary School 5044 Jones St. Mariposa (6th and Jones)
  • Large Animals: Mariposa County Fairgrounds 5007 Fairgrounds Rd. Mariposa
  • Large Animals: Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds 44777 Rodeo Grounds Ln Coarsegold
  • Officials urge anyone in need of information to call the Oak Fire information line: 844-MMU-FIRE (844-668-3473)

    For the latest developments, photos and videos on the Oak Fire, click here.

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    READ: Army veteran’s home burned down by Oak Fire in Mariposa County

    READ: Oak Fire: Newly married couple return to find Mariposa County home in ashes

    READ: Oak Fire: Valley air quality expected to deteriorate due to smoke from Mariposa County wildfires

    READ: Oak Fire: Red Cross volunteers help over 50 evacuees

    WATCH: Video captures ‘apocalyptic scene’ as smoke from Oak Fire covers sky

    READ: Oak Fire: GoFundMe sets up verified hub for fundraisers

    READ: Oak Fire: Pet Occupied Animal Escape Shelters

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