The fast-moving Oak Fireplace forces Mariposa County residents to evacuate

A fire that broke out in Mariposa County Friday afternoon has forced the immediate evacuation of nearby residents, officials said. The oak fire began sometime after 2:30 p.m. near Highway 140 and Carstens Road in the township of Midpines, east of Modesto. During the day, the fire spread at an alarming rate. A communications helicopter later that evening spotted at least one structure engulfed in flames and several other structures near flames. Embers also spread further and cause more point fires, making it difficult for crews to set up containment lines, which consist of either natural or artificial fire lines that help prevent a wildfire from further spreading. As of 9:56 p.m., no containment is known. There have been reports of people without cars trapped in the evacuation zone, but KCRA 3 has learned law enforcement officials have been able to help them. The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System, or FIRIS, reported that at least 1,745 acres had burned as of 5:10 p.m., which differs from what Cal Fire, the state fire protection agency, reported: at least 1,300 acres had burned at 5:40 p.m clock burned down. Regardless, that area has increased from 611 acres burned at 4:40 p.m. At 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 classified as a state program of the California Office of Emergency Services considered. The program tweeted that it would make that transition over the next six months. One of the main roads into Yosemite, Highway 140, is now closed because of the fire. Drivers attempting to enter the national park must use Highway 120 at this time. The fire is about 30 miles from Yosemite Valley. The national park was recently threatened by the Washburn Fire, but crews managed to save the prized 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 Being there poses an imminent threat to life and you are required by law to leave the road Triangle RoadWass RdTip Top RdDarrah at Cole RdWestfall from Triangle to Oliver Creek Evacuation Centers for Displaced PersonsMariposa Elementary School – 5044 Jones StreetSierra Foothill Charter School – 4952 School House Road, Cathey’s Valley, CA 95306Large animals can be sheltered at Mariposa Fair Grounds while small animals can be dropped off at Mariposa Elementary School Oak Fire may head towards Ferguson Fire Burn ScarKCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan traces the path of the Oak Fire. While it may have started near the township of Midpines, it is burning east towards the township of Darrah. Several houses are threatened there. If it continues in the direction it has been going since launch, it may lose some fuel when it hits the burn scar caused by the 2018 Ferguson Fire. If that happens, the fire could slow, giving firefighters some breathing space. The Ferguson Fire killed two firefighters and injured 19 others. At the height of the fire, more than 3,000 people from around the world were tasked with putting out the wildfire. According to Sierra National Forest officials, 96,901 acres were burned and 10 buildings destroyed. Northern California Fire Departments Head Out to Help Fight Oak FireThe Cosumnes Fire Department said crews from its agency and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are en route to the Oak Fire to provide frontline assistance.

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

The oak fire began sometime after 2:30 p.m. near Highway 140 and Carstens Road in the township of Midpines, east of Modesto. During the day, the fire spread at an alarming rate. A communications helicopter later that evening spotted at least one burning building and several other buildings near the flames.

Embers also spread further and cause more point fires, making it difficult for crews to establish containment lines, a perimeter composed of either natural or artificial fire lines that help prevent a wildfire from further spreading. As of 9:56 p.m., no containment is known.

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

The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System (FIRIS) reported that at least 1,745 acres were burned as of 5:10 p.m., which differs from what Cal Fire, the state’s fire protection agency, reported: at least 1,300 acres were burning at 5:40 p.m Regardless, that acreage has increased from 611 acres burned at 4:40 p.m. At 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 a state program of the California Office of Emergency Services. The program tweeted that it would make that transition over the next six months.

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One of the main roads into Yosemite, Highway 140, is now closed because of the fire. Motorists attempting to enter the national park must use Highway 120 at this time.

The fire is about 30 miles from Yosemite Valley. The national park was recently threatened by the Washburn Fire, but crews managed to save the prized redwoods in Mariposa Grove from burning.

Oak Fire evacuation orders, shelters and road closures

A map of the current evacuations can be found here.

Evacuation orders are issued if there is an imminent danger to life and you are legally obliged to leave the country.

road closures

  • Hwy 140 from Allred Rd to Ponderosa Way
  • Carstensstr
  • 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
  • West Fall from the Triangle to Oliver Creek

evacuation centers for displaced people

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

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

Oak Fire can head towards the Ferguson Fire burn scar

KCRA 3 chief meteorologist Mark Finan traces the path of the oak fire. While it may have started near the township of Midpines, it is burning east towards the township of Darrah.

Several houses are threatened there.

If it continues in the direction it has been going since it started, it may lose some fuel when it hits the burn scar caused by the Ferguson Fire in 2018. When this happens, the fire can slow down and give firefighters some breathing space.

The Ferguson Fire killed two firefighters and injured 19 others. At the height of the fire, more than 3,000 people from around the world were tasked with putting out the wildfire.

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

The Northern California fire departments set out to help fight Oak Fire

The Cosumnes Fire Department said crews from its agency and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are en route to the Oak Fire to provide frontline assistance.

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Cosumnes Fire and Metro Fire are deploying crews to the Oak Fire tonight. These two OES Wildland engine crews will join forces with others from the region to help with this new fire. pic.twitter.com/ooQcL13eVo

— Cosumnes Fire Department (@CosumnesFire) July 23, 2022

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