MARIPOSA – Firefighters are now responding to the fourth fire of the day in the mountain area, this one northeast of Bootjack at the end of Boyer Road.
At 1:39 p.m., engines from Cal Fire, Mariposa County Fire, and the Sierra National Forest were dispatched to reports of a vegetation fire near the address of 5375 Boyer Road.
With so many resources committed to other incidents, response times are extended, and the incident commander at the Raymond Fire released two engines and a dozer to head for the Boyer Fire.
Air Attack lifted off Fresno at 1:57 p.m., and Helicopter 551 from Yosemite and another out of Columbia are also en route.
The first unit at scene reported the fire at five acres with three structures immediately threatened. He noted that aircraft would be essential to stop this fire moving into Lush Meadows, and requested two more air tankers, five additional Type 3 engines, two ground crews, and two more dozers.
At 2:13 p.m., the fire was estimated at 10-15 acres, and it was reported that structures were involved.
The fire is headed in a northeasterly direction.
At 2:16 p.m., two additional tankers, for a total of six, and one more helicopter were requested.
Evacuation notices have started on Sherrod Road and Owl Creek Ridge.
As of 2:15 p.m., the fire was estimated at 20 acres.
A strike team is being formed from Tuolumne Calaveras Unit to head to the fire, and additional resources continue to arrive as the come available.
Air Attack reports the fire is spotting out well ahead of itself, and structure protection is a priority.
At 2:35 p.m., the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office ordered mandatory Evacuations for Sherrod Road from the east end to the Owl Creek Bridge. A Red Cross Evacuation Center is being set up at 5089 Cole Road at the New Life Christian Church.
We will update this article as conditions develop.