Progress made in Oak Fire

Cal Fire has made significant progress in the Oak Fire in Mariposa County.


The fire grew to 14,000 acres as of Monday. However, it grew only about 5,000 acres over three days, according to a statement released by Cal Fire on Thursday morning.


The fire also grew from 10 percent contained on Monday to about 39 percent contained Thursday. The fire has burned 19,156 acres.


According to Cal Fire, fire behavior was moderate overnight with most of the fire activity occurring on the northeast side of the fire. Hand crews will continue to construct direct line in areas inaccessible to equipment. With higher temperatures and lower humidity, crew may observe increased fire behavior.


Work will continue to address hazards and repair infrastructure within the fire perimeter. Damage inspection is ongoing and will continue until the fire area is assessed.


Fire restrictions and closures near the fire area are in place in the Sierra National Forest. The closure will support public safety by keeping the public out of hazardous burn areas and will allow firefighting resources to combat the fire without public interference.


Ten structures have been damaged and 116 have been destroyed.


There are 3,758 personnel working on the fire. There are 303 engines, 22 helicopters, 81 dozers, 70 water tenders and 93 crews fighting the fire.