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.
That means residents are allowed to enter their homes, but should be prepared to leave in case the flames spread further.
Areas such as Darrah Road, Cole Road, Silva Road, Allred Road and Morningstar Road are now open, but only to residents who live in the area.
You can see updates and details at this evacuation map created by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.
Areas marked in red are where residents are being ordered to evacuate. Areas in yellow are under fire warnings.
As of Tuesday morning, the Oak Fire had burned 18,087 acres and was 26 percent contained, making it the largest wildfire California has suffered so far this year.
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 25 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.
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:
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:
Animal Evacuation Centers:
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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