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Railroad Fire at Narrow Gauge Inn - photo Mariposa Sheriff

Evacuations and Road Closure Expand Ahead Of Railroad Fire

FISH CAMP — As the Railroad Fire continues to grow, road closures and evacuations have been expanded.

The road closure on Highway 41 has been moved south from Road 630 to Cedar Valley. On the north it is closed at Summit Road in Fish Camp.

A mandatory evacuation is in place for the Narrow Gauge Inn, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, the community of Sugar Pine including the christian camp, and all homes in the immediate vicinity.

Evacuation warnings have been issued for all business, homes and campgrounds in a three-mile radius around the railroad, including the Tenaya Lodge and the community of Fish Camp.

A Red Cross evacuation center is being established at the Oakhurst Community Center, and should be operational by about 3 p.m.

YMSPRR – photo Dan Tune USFS

Just before 1 p.m. air attack was overhead and reported the fire at 30-40 acres, moving east, with a potential for a few thousand acres. There is no updated information on acreage at this time.

Fire managers have not been successful in getting any large air tankers or lead planes over the fire, which is limiting their ability to stop the spread.

Sheriff deputies and Citizens on Patrol are deployed across the area making notifications and setting up along side roads such as Miami Mountain and Worman, to keep people from entering the fire zone.

The fire was reported at 12:20 p.m., and the initial report said a crew cutting trees in the area had dropped a limb on a power line. That has not been confirmed as the cause of the fire.

More resources are being ordered, including more engines, crews, strike teams, water tenders, helicopters and air tankers.

At 1:35 p.m., sheriff’s personnel reported spot fires on the east side of the highway.

We will update as more information comes in.

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