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Oak Fire explodes to 18,824 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 to evacuate and many of them to lose their homes.

The wildfire has burned 18,824 acres since it first broke out on Friday, making it the largest wildfire to hit California so far this year.

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

As of Wednesday morning, the restriction is at 36%.

CAL FIRE says the Oak Fire has destroyed 63 homes. On Tuesday afternoon, officials said they had reopened the Highway 140 entrance to Yosemite National Park, which had been closed due to the Oak Fire.

Fire crews are battling to control the flames from the ground and from the air, racing against time as the fast-moving blaze continues to burn dangerously close to more than 1,000 buildings.

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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.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 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.

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Areas such as Triangle Road, some 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 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.

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

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

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

This was the third fire that spread quickly and forced evacuations in the county in two weeks.

Firefighters are still trying to fully contain it Washburn Fire.

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Several roads in Mariposa County are closed. You can find road closure updates at CAL FIRE’s page.

An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Mariposa 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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