MARIPOSA – Extensive mop-up operations are underway at the Carstens Fire that burned 1,660 acres in the Midpines/Jerseydale area.
The fire is 75% contained as of 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, and patrol of the fire lines continue.All evacuation orders have been lifted as of Thursday at 4 p.m. and residents with I.D. are being allowed to return to their homes.
Contingency lines are being repaired to reduce erosion, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service is available to assist private landowners with rehabilitating property affected by the fire. For more information call 209-966-3431, or visit www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.
Fire officials are asking drivers in the area to please slow and allow large fire equipment to pass.
Road closures continue in some areas –
•Carstens Rd., Buckingham Mountain Rd. – remain open to residents with proper I.D
•All Forest Service roads leading to and around the fire area will remain closed.
•Carter Road is open to all traffic including Carter Ranch Music Festival.
998 fire personnel remain on the scene along with 62 engines, 5 helicopters, 4 dozers and 12 water tenders.
The fire was caused by an unattended campfire, and authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating those responsible.