FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Crews are continuing to gain containment on the Oak Fire in Mariposa County. CAL FIRE reports there was no growth on the fire overnight and containment increased to 72%.
The wildfire has scorched 19,244 acres since it first sparked on the afternoon of Friday, July 22nd.
CAL FIRE reports that 116 houses have been destroyed, along with 66 outbuildings.
Currently, the most complex firefighting operation is in the Devil’s Gulch area, with crews working to build and secure control lines in incredibly steep and rugged terrain.
Fire personnel are fighting to control the flames from ground and from air, as the wildfire continues to threaten about 200 more buildings.
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The Oak Fire was sparked near the community of Midpines between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park.
Officials have been gradually reducing evacuation orders to fire advisements.
That means residents are allowed in their homes, but should be ready to leave in case flames spread further.
Areas including Triangle Road, some parts of Lushmeadows Subdivision, and all addresses on Highway 140 are now open, but only for residents who live in the area.
You can see updates and details on this evacuation map created by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.
Areas marked in red are where residents are ordered to leave. Areas in yellow are under fire advisories.
Governor Newsom has secured federal funding to keep resources and firefighters moving in.
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.
An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Mariposa Elementary School. Evacuees are being given safe shelter, water, meals and more resources.
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Officials are urging anyone who needs information to call the Oak Fire information line: 844-MMU-FIRE (844-668-3473)
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