Oak Fire evacuations near Yosemite


Updated July 27, 8 a.m. Click here for a more recent article with these cards.

A wildfire that started Friday near the western edge of Yosemite quickly became California’s biggest blaze of the season and prompted widespread evacuation orders.

The Oak Fire was discovered around 2 p.m. Friday along Highway 140 in Midpines and within three hours was on 1,745 acres.

As of Wednesday morning, the burned area was estimated at 18,715 acres (29.2 square miles) with 32% containment, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The fire had destroyed 74 structures.

The map above shows the mandatory evacuation order in red and the warning zone in yellow. The pink area outlined in red is the approximate perimeter.

An evacuation center has been set up at Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones St. in Mariposa. This center accepts small pets; large animals can be taken to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

More official county information can be found on its emergency alert website or by calling the fire information line, (844) MMU-FIRE.

The Oak Fire sits just south of the footprint of the 2018 Ferguson Fire, which burned 96,901 acres and killed two firefighters. On the map below, the perimeter of Ferguson is shown in orange.

Prior to Oak, the largest California wildfire this season was Lost Lake, which began May 26 and burned 5,856 acres along the Colorado River in Riverside County and Arizona.

Black indicates the approximate perimeter of Oak Fire, orange the perimeter of Ferguson Fire 2018.


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