MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Cal Fire has set a target date for full containment of the Oak Fire for next Saturday, but time will tell if that goal will be achieved. The Oak Fire is raging and is now estimated at 15,603 acres and remains at 0% containment.
Officials said Sunday the fire remained active overnight and was now closer to the communities of Jerseydale, Darrah and Bootjack. The fire continues to be fueled by dead trees, dense tall grass, fallen leaves, fallen pine needles and shrubs. Additionally, the heat and minimal humidity also create a challenging fire environment.
Damage inspection teams have begun to assess the areas affected by the fire, but so far report that 10 structures have been destroyed and five structures have been damaged. They also say that with the growth of the fire, more structures are at risk and they currently estimate that 2,693 structures are at risk.
An in-person town hall is scheduled for Sunday at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Mariposa High School, located at 5074 Old Highway North. For those unable to attend or who have left the area, Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced hope to be able to broadcast it live on their Facebook page.
Until further notice, road closures are in effect in these areas: Highway 140 from Highway 49N to Ponderosa Way, Carstens Road, Triangle Road from Highway 140 to Highway 49 and all secondary roads , Jerseydale Road, Silva Road from Cole Road to Triangle Road, Wass Road, Tip Top Road, Darrah Road to Highway 49, Westfall Road from Triangle Road to Oliver Creek, McNally Road, Woodland Drive, Brooks Road, Bootjack Lane, Cole Road, Carlton Road from Triangle Road to Morning Star Lane, Allred Road from Highway 140 to Morning Star Lane, Morning Star Lane from Carlton Road to Allred Road, including all secondary roads.
The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at Mariposa Elementary School for people and small animals at 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa. Large animals can be taken to either the Mariposa County Fairgrounds at 5007 Fairgrounds Road in Mariposa or the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds at 44777 Rodeo Grounds Lane in Coarsegold.
The fire was first reported Friday afternoon in the Midpines area of Mariposa County and the cause remains under investigation. Cal Fire says there are now 2,093 people affected by the incident, with nearly 1,700 more since Saturday. These personnel and agencies include Mariposa County Fire, PG&E, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management, Mariposa County Public Works, North Fork Rancheria, and the Red Cross.
A map of the region is available here: https://Arcg.is/STL1u0.