Oak Fire in Mariposa County explodes to 4,350 acres, has reached Sierra National Forest
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A new wildfire spreading dangerously fast in Mariposa County has forced evacuations and road closures, and has reached the Sierra National Forest.
The Oak Fire was sparked just after 2 pm near the community of Midpines on Friday and by night, it had exploded to 4,350 acres.
CAL FIRE crews fought to control the flames from ground and from air, racing against time as the fire burned dangerously close to homes and buildings.
As of Friday night, 1,300 structures were threatened, and 383 firefighters were deployed. Containment was at 0%.
Crews received reports of people trapped inside their homes, and firefighters rushed to rescue them. We have no update yet on what happened.
Video taken by an ABC30 crew shows huge, dark clouds of smoke rising from entire hillsides engulfed in flames.
This is the third wildfire in the county in two weeks.
Officials said some CAL FIRE units battling the Washburn Fire were being diverted to fight the Oak Fire.
On Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office issued an evacuation order for the following areas:
You can find updates on the evacuations by clicking on this Mariposa County map.
Residents were asked to leave immediately.
“They came by about 15-20 minutes ago and told us everybody’s got to go… The fire has been coming towards us faster and faster,” said Wes Detamore, a resident of Mariposa Pines.
The following roads have been closed to traffic:
An evacuation center was initially set up at New Life Christian Church, but the dangerously fast spread of the flames forced officials to close it down.
Two new evacuation centers have been set up by the Red Cross – at Mariposa Elementary School and Sierra Foothill Charter School. All the residents and responders who were at the New Life Christian Church have been relocated to the elementary school. Evacuees are being given safe shelter, water, meals and more resources.
Address of evacuation centers:
An evacuation center for large animals has also been set up at the Mariposa County Fair Grounds.
Small animals are being housed at the Mariposa Elementary School.
Officials are urging anyone who needs information to call the Oak Fire information line: 844-MMU-FIRE (844-668-3473)
Nearly 3,000 families are without power in Mariposa County, according to the PG&E website.
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