Oak Fire burns 15,603 acres, Gov. Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency in Mariposa County

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A dangerously fast-growing wildfire in Mariposa County has forced more than 6,000 people from their homes.

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As of Sunday, the Oak Fire had burned 15,603 acres without containment, making it the largest wildfire in California so far this year.

Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County.

The Oak Fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. Friday near the community of Midpines between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. By evening it had reached the Sierra National Forest.

In a Sunday morning update, CAL FIRE says 10 structures have been destroyed, 5 are damaged, and 2,693 are in danger from the wildfire.

More than 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze from the ground and from the air, with the blaze burning dangerously close to homes and buildings as time runs out.

Governor Newsom has secured federal funding to advance resources. Crews have already started arriving from across the state.

Through the night the fire continued to move toward the Jersey Dale, Pass and Bootjack area.

Hot weather with minimal humidity is hampering firefighting efforts. Fires are also occurring in areas with high tree mortality and dense fuel.

Video captured by an ABC30 crew showed large black clouds of smoke billowing from the hillsides engulfed in flames.

This is the third forest fire in the county in two weeks.

Firefighters are still trying to fully contain the Washburn fire.

Related: Track wildfires in Central California and across the state with this interactive map.

Some CAL fire units fighting the Washburn fire are being diverted to fight the Oak fire, officials said.

On Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office issued an evacuation order for the following areas:

  • Allred Rd from Hwy 140 to Morningstar
  • From the triangle on the west side of Hwy 140 to Allred Rd
  • Carstens Rd
  • Buckingham Mount Rd
  • Plumber Creek Rd
  • Triangle to 140 from the plumber
  • Triangle Rd from Hwy 140 to Butterfly Ridge Rd (near Silva Rd and Triangle)
  • Hwy 140 to Carter Rd, all Carter Rd to Triangle Rd (both sides of the road).
  • Jerseydale Rd and all side roads
  • Hwy 140 from Allred Rd to Ponderosa Way
  • Pass Road from Triangle to Valley View
  • Silva Rd from triangle to Cole Rd, including all side roads
  • Lashmeadows Sub-Division
  • Triangle Rd 49S to Westfall Rd and all side roads including Triangle Park
  • Tip Top Rd
  • Wass Rd
  • Westfall from Triangle to Oliver Creek
  • Gingers Trash Rd
  • All side roads including Darra Road from Coal Road
  • Includes all side roads from Darrah Rd Hwy 49S to Triangle Rd.
  • McNally Rd
  • Hww 49S Darrah Rd to Triangle Rd eastbound only (toward Bootjack Market)
  • Woodland Drive
  • Brooks Rd
  • You can get updates about the evacuation by clicking here. This map of Mariposa County.

    The following roads have been closed to traffic.

    Highway 140 from Highway 49N to Ponderosa Way, Carstens Road, Triangle Road from Highway 140 to Highway 49 and all side roads, Jersey Dale Road, Silva Road from Cole Road to Triangle Road, Wass Road, Tiptop Road, Pass 49, Westfall to Triangle to Oliver Creek, McNally Road, Woodland Drive, Brooks Road, Boatjack Lane, Cole Road, Carlton Triangle to Morningstar, Highway 140 to Morningstar, Morningstar Carlton All side roads from to Allred are included.

    An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Mariposa Elementary School. All residents and responders at New Life Christian Church have been moved to the elementary school. The displaced are being provided with safe shelter, water, food and other resources.

    Address of Evacuation Centers:

  • Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones Street, Mariposa, CA 95338
  • Animal Evacuation Centers:

  • Small Animals: Mariposa County SPCA 5599 Hwy 49 North, Mariposa (complete)
  • Small Animals: Mariposa Elementary School 5044 Jones St. Mariposa (6th & Jones)
  • Large Animals: Mariposa County Fairgrounds 5007 Fairgrounds Rd. Mariposa
  • Large Animals: Coarse Gold Rodeo Grounds 44777 Rodeo Grounds Ln Quarsegold
  • Officials are urging anyone with information to call the Oak Fire Information Line: 844-MMU-FIRE (844-668-3473).

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