Oak Fire explodes to 17,241 acres, Gov. Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency in Mariposa County

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Crews have begun to contain the Oak Fire in Mariposa County, which has forced more than 6,000 people from their homes.

On Monday afternoon, officials reduced some evacuation orders to fire advisories. The areas will only be open to residents who live in the area.

These areas are:

  • Hwy 49S only from Darrah Rd to Triangle Rd East side (Bootjack market side)
  • Brooks Rd (Residents must use Woodland Drive to access their homes)
  • Woodland Drive
  • McNally Rd
  • Triangle Rd from 49S to Westfall Rd and all side streets including Triangle Park
  • Tip Top Rd
  • Wass Rd (Residents should use the Tip Top to access their homes
  • Silva Rd from Triangle to Cole Rd including all side roads
  • A fire alert is not an evacuation order. It is to inform the residents of the area about the possible need to evacuate.

    As of Monday morning, the Oak Fire had burned 17,241 acres with 16 percent containment, making it the largest wildfire California has suffered so far this year.

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    Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County.

    The Oak Fire started just after 2 a.m. Friday near the Midpines community between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. By evening, he had reached the Sierra National Forest.

    CAL FIRE reports 55 structures have been destroyed and 3,271 are still threatened by the fire. At least 21 of those structures destroyed were homes.

    More than 2,000 firefighters are battling to control the blaze from the ground and from the air, racing against time as the fire burns dangerously close to homes and buildings.

    Governor Newsom has secured federal funding to keep them moving in. Crews from across the state have already started arriving.

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

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

    This is the third fire in the county in two weeks.

    Firefighters are still trying to fully contain it Washburn Fire.

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    Officials said some CAL FIRE units battling the Washburn fire were being diverted to fight the Oak Fire.

    As of Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office issued an evacuation order for the following areas:

  • Allred Rd from Hwy 140 to Morningstar
  • West side of Hwy 140 from Triangle to Allred Rd
  • Carstens Rd
  • Buckingham Mt. Rd
  • Plumbar Creek Rd
  • Triangle from Plumbar to 140
  • Triangle Rd from Hwy 140 to Butterfly Ridge Rd (near Silva rd and Triangle)
  • Triangle Rd (both sides of road) from Hwy 140 to Carter Rd, All of Carter Rd.
  • Jerseydale Rd and all side roads
  • Hwy 140 from Allred Rd to Ponderosa Way
  • Darrah Rd from Triangle to Valley View
  • Lushmeadows subdivision
  • Westfall from Triangle to Oliver Creek
  • Gingers Trish Rd
  • Cole Rd to Darrah Rd including all side roads
  • Darrah Rd from Hwy 49S to Triangle Rd including all side roads.
  • You can find updates on evacuations by clicking on this map of Mariposa County.

    The following roads are closed to traffic:

    Triangle Road from Hwy 140 to East Westfall Road and all side roads, Jerseydale Rd, Silva Road from Cole Road to Triangle Road, Darrah Road from Bootjack Lane to Triangle Rd, East Westfall Road from Triangle Road to Oliver Creek, Cole Rd, Carlton Road from Triangle to Silva Road, Allred Road from Hwy 140 to Morningstar, Morning Star from Carlton to Allred including all side roads, Ponderosa Way to Feliciana Mountain Rd Including Feliciana Mountain Rd, Carstens Road including all side roads, Brooks Road

    An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Mariposa Elementary School. All residents and responders who were at the New Life Christian Church have been moved to the elementary school. Displaced persons are provided 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 with information to call the Oak Fire tip line: 844-MMU-FIRE (844-668-3473)

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

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