Evacuation for Oak Fire

Evacuation orders have been given in the Mariposa area for the Oak Fire, which began Friday.


The Oak Fire, in Midpines in Mariposa County, has burned more than 16,500 acres through Monday morning and is 10 percent contained.


On Sunday, the fire remained active in some areas due to dry dead and downed fuels, according to Cal Fire.


Work from damage inspection teams have confirmed seven houses have been destroyed. Work continues with damage inspection teams throughout the fire area.


The fire fight continues in hot, dry conditions in steep, rugged terrain.


There are 18 road closures in the area and many more evacuation orders sent out with additional evacuation warnings.


An evacuation center is set up at Mariposa Elementary School. Small animal evacuation centers are set up at the Mariposa County SPCA and Mariposa Elementary School. Large animals are set up at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds and the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds.


There are more than 2,500 personnel attacking the fire from 63 crews. On hand, there are 17 helicopters, 281 engines, 66 dozers and 46 water tenders.


Cal Fire is expecting full containment by Saturday.