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Fast-moving Oak Fire forces Mariposa County residents to evacuate

A fire that broke out Friday afternoon in Mariposa County forced the immediate evacuation of nearby residents, officials said. The Oak Fire started shortly after 2:30 p.m. near Highway 140 and Carstens Road from the community of Midpines, east of Modesto. Throughout the day the fire spreads at an alarming rate. A news helicopter spotted at least one structure engulfed in flames later in the evening, and several other structures near the flames. The embers also continue to spread and start more fires, making it difficult for crews to establish containment lines, a perimeter of any natural or man-made fire lines that help prevent a wildfire from continuing to spread. As of 9:56 PM, there is no known restriction. There were reports of people without cars trapped in the evacuation zone, but KCRA 3 has learned law enforcement officials were able to help them. The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System, or FIRIS, reported at least 1,745 acres as of 5:10 p.m., which differs from what Cal Fire, the state’s wildfire management agency, reported: at least 1,300 acres burned as of 5: 40 pm Regardless, that’s more than the 611 acres burned by 4:40 p.m. As of 3:40 p.m., the number of acres burned was 60. FIRIS, a helicopter program originally under the Orange County Fire Authority in Southern California, is now considered a state program under the California Office of Emergency Services. The program tweeted that it will make that transition over the next six months. One of the main roads into Yosemite, Highway 140, is now closed due to the fire. Drivers trying to get to the national park should take Highway 120 at this time. The fire is about 30 miles away from Yosemite Valley. The national park was recently threatened by the Washburn Fire, but crews were able to protect the beloved redwoods in Mariposa Grove from burning. Oak Fire evacuation orders, shelters and road closures See a map of current evacuations here. Evacuation orders are issued when there is an immediate threat to life and you must legally leave. Road closure Hwy 140 from Allred Rd to Ponderosa Way Carstens RdTriangle Rd from Hwy 140 to Hwy 49 and all side roads Buckingham Mt. RdPlumbar Creek Rd.Jerseydale to Triangle RoadWass RdTip Summit RdDarrah to Cole RdWestfall from Triangle to Oliver Creek Evacuation Centers for Displaced Residents Mariposa Elementary School – 5044 Jones StreetSierra Foothill Charter School – 4952 School House Road, Cathey’s Valley, CA Cathey’s Valley, cansposal5 animals can be dropped off at Mariposa Elementary School. Oak Fire may head toward Ferguson Fire burn scarKCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan tracks the path of the Oak Fire. Although it may have started near the Midpines community, it is burning east toward the Darrah community. There are many houses under threat. burn scar caused by the Ferguson wildfire in 2018. If that happens, the fire can slow down, giving firefighters some relief. The Ferguson fire left two firefighters dead and injured 19 others. At the height of the fire, more than 3,000 people from around the world were assigned to fight the fire. According to Sierra National Forest officials, 96,901 acres were burned and 10 structures were destroyed. Northern California fire departments head out to help fight Oak Fire The Cosumnes Fire Department said crews from its agency and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are heading to the Oak Fire to help on the front lines.

A fire that broke out Friday afternoon in Mariposa County forced the immediate evacuation of nearby residents, officials said.

The Oak Fire started shortly after 2:30 p.m. near Highway 140 and Carstens Road from the community of Midpines, east of Modesto. Throughout the day the fire spreads at an alarming rate. A news helicopter spotted at least one structure engulfed in flames later in the evening and several other structures near the flames.

Embers also continue to spread and start more fires, making it difficult for crews to establish containment lines, a perimeter made of either natural or man-made fire lines that help prevent a fire from continuing to spread. As of 9:56 PM, there is no known restriction.

There were reports of people without cars trapped in the evacuation zone, but KCRA 3 has learned law enforcement officials were able to help them.

The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System, or FIRIS, reported that at least 1,745 acres by 5:10 p.m. Regardless, that acreage is up from 611 acres burned as of 4:40 p.m. As of 3:40 p.m., the number of acres burned was 60.

FIRIS, a helicopter program originally under the Orange County Fire Authority in Southern California, is now considered a state program under the California Office of Emergency Services. The program tweeted that it will make that transition over the next six months.

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One of the main roads into Yosemite, Highway 140, is now closed due to the fire. Drivers trying to get to the national park should take Highway 120 at this time.

The fire is about 30 miles away from Yosemite Valley. The national park was recently threatened by the Washburn Fire, but crews were able to protect the beloved redwoods in Mariposa Grove from burning.

Oak Fire evacuation orders, shelters and road closures

See a map of current evacuations here.

Evacuation orders are issued when there is an immediate threat to life and you are legally required to leave.

Road closures

  • Hwy 140 from Allred Rd to Ponderosa Way
  • Carstens Rd
  • Triangle Rd from Hwy 140 to Hwy 49 and all side roads
  • Buckingham Mt. Rd
  • Plumbar Creek Rd.
  • Jerseydale Rd
  • Silva Road from Cole Road and Triangle Road
  • Wass Rd
  • Tip Top Rd
  • Darrah on Cole Rd
  • Westfall from Triangle to Oliver Creek

Evacuation centers for displaced residents

  • Mariposa Elementary School – 5044 Jones Street
  • Sierra Foothill Charter School – 4952 School House Road, Cathey’s Valley, CA 95306

Large animals can be dropped off at the Mariposa Fair Grounds, while small animals can be dropped off at Mariposa Elementary School.

The Oak Fire may head toward the Ferguson Fire burn scar

KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan is tracking the path of the Oak Fire. While it may have started near the Midpines community, it is burning east toward the Darrah community.

There are many houses there that are threatened.

If it continues to go the way it has since it started, it may lose some fuel if it hits the burn scar caused by the Ferguson fire in 2018. If that happens, the fire may slow down, giving firefighters some respite.

The fire in Ferguson left two firefighters dead and injured 19 others. At the height of the fire, more than 3,000 people from around the world were assigned to put out the fire.

According to Sierra National Forest officials, 96,901 acres were burned and 10 structures were destroyed.

Northern California fire departments are headed to help fight the Oak Fire

The Cosumnes Fire Department said crews from its department and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are headed to the Oak Fire to help on the front lines.

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