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A fire that sparked in Mariposa County Friday afternoon has prompted immediate evacuations for local residents, officials said. The Oak Fire began sometime after 2:30 p.m. near Highway 140 and Carstens Road near Midpines Township, east of Modesto. All day long, the fire spread at a menacing rate. A news helicopter later that evening saw at least one building engulfed in flames, and several other structures close to flames. Embers also continue to spread and cause more spot fires, making it difficult for crews to establish containment lines, an outline made of either natural or man-made fire lines that help prevent the further spread of a wildfire. As of 9:56 pm, no containment is known. There were reports of people without a car being trapped in the evacuation zone, but KCRA 3 has been informed that law enforcement officers were able to help them. The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System, or FIRIS, reported that at least 1,745 acres burned as of 5:10 p.m., which is different from what Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency, reported: at least 1,300 acres burned as of 5:40 p.m. Anyway, that acreage has increased from 611 acres burned at 4:40 PM. At 3:40 PM, the number of acres burned was 60. FIRIS, a helicopter program originally under the Orange County Fire Authority in Southern California, is now considered a state program under the California Office of Emergency Services. The program tweeted that it will make that transition over the next six months. One of the main roads into Yosemite, Highway 140, is now closed due to the fire. Drivers attempting to reach the national park should cross 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 beloved redwoods in Mariposa Grove from burning. Oak Fire evacuation orders, shelters and road closures View a map of current evacuations here. Evacuation orders are issued when there is an imminent threat to life and you are required by law to leave. Road closures Hwy 140 from Allred Rd to Ponderosa Way Carstens RdTriangle Rd from Hwy 140 to Hwy 49 and all side roadsBuckingham Mount RdPlumbar Creek Rd.Jerseydale RdSilva Road from Cole Road and Triangle RoadWass RdTip Top RdDarrah at Cole RdWestfall from Triangle to Oliver Creek Evacuation Centers for IDPsMariposa Elementary School – 5044 Jones StreetSierra Foothill Charter School – 4952 School House Road , Cathey’s Valley, CA 95306Large animals can be taken care of at the Mariposa Fair Grounds, while small animals can be dropped off at Mariposa Elementary School. Oak Fire may be headed towards Ferguson Fire burn scarKCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan follows the path of the Oak Fire. While it may have started near the community of Midpines, it burns eastward toward the community of Darrah. Several homes are threatened there. If it continues in the direction it has been since it started, it could lose some fuel if it fills the burn scar caused by the 2018 Ferguson Fire. If that happens, the fire could slow down, giving firefighters some respite. The Ferguson Fire killed two firefighters and injured 19 others. At the height of the blaze, more than 3,000 people from around the world were tasked with extinguishing the wildfire. According to Sierra National Forest officials, 96,901 acres were set on fire and 10 buildings were destroyed. Northern California Fire Departments Head Out to Help Fight Oak Fire The Cosumnes Fire Department said crews from the agency and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are heading to the Oak Fire to help on the front lines.

A fire that sparked in Mariposa County Friday afternoon has prompted immediate evacuations for local residents, officials said.

The Oak Fire began sometime after 2:30 p.m. near Highway 140 and Carstens Road near Midpines Township, east of Modesto. All day long, the fire spread at a menacing rate. A news helicopter later that evening saw at least one building engulfed in flames, and several other buildings close to flames.

Embers also continue to spread and cause more fires, making it difficult for crews to establish containment lines, a perimeter made of natural or man-made fire lines that help prevent the further spread of a wildfire. As of 9:56 p.m., no containment is known.

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

The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System, or FIRIS, reported that at least 1,745 acres burned as of 5:10 p.m., which is different from what Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency, reported: At least 1,300 acres burned as of 5:40 p.m. also, that acreage has increased from 611 acres burned at 4:40 pm. At 3:40 p.m., the number of burned hectares was 60.

FIRIS, a helicopter program originally under the Orange County Fire Authority in Southern California, is now considered a state program under the California Office of Emergency Services. The program tweeted that it will make that transition over the next six months.

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One of the main roads into Yosemite, Highway 140, is now closed due to the fire. Drivers wishing to reach the national park should 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 protect the treasured redwoods in Mariposa Grove from burning.

Oak Fire evacuation orders, shelters and road closures

View a map of the current evacuations here.

Eviction warrants are issued when there is an imminent threat to life and you are required by law to leave.

Road closures

  • Hwy 140 from Allred Rd to Ponderosa Way
  • Carstens Road
  • Triangle Rd from Hwy 140 to Hwy 49 and all side roads
  • Buckingham Mount Road
  • Plumbar Creek Rd.
  • Jerseydale Road
  • Silva Road from Cole Road and Triangle Road
  • Wass Road
  • Tip Top Rd
  • Darrah at Cole Rdo
  • Westfall from Triangle to Oliver Creek

Evacuation centers for displaced residents

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

Large animals can be cared for at the Mariposa Fair Grounds, while small animals can be dropped off at Mariposa Elementary School.

Oak Fire may be headed towards Ferguson Fire burn scar

KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan follows the path of the Oak Fire. While it may have started near the community of Midpines, it burns eastward toward the community of Darrah.

Several houses are threatened there.

If it continues to move in the direction it’s been since it started, it could lose some fuel if it hits the burn scar caused by the 2018 Ferguson fire. If that happens, the fire could slow down, giving firefighters some reprieve. .

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 extinguishing the wildfire.

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

Northern California Fire Departments Set Out to Help Fight Oak Fire

The Cosumnes Fire Department said crews from the agency and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are heading to the Oak Fire to help on the front lines.

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