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Sky Crane drop on Oak Fire - photo Gina Clugston

Good Progress On The Oak Fire Now 35 Percent Contained

AHWAHNEE – Firefighters made excellent progress today on the Oak Fire, burning northeast of Ahwahnee above Road 620.

The fire was estimated at 390 acres at 1:30 p.m. today, and is holding at that acreage. The fire is 35 percent contained.

The mission for the day was to hit the east flank hard with water drops and retardant between Road 620 and Forest Road 6S17.

Air resources were over the fire at about 9 a.m. and continued to drop and reload, painting the ridge north of Lonesome Oak Lane where the fire started, and allowing crews on the ground to cut and hold their line.

There is now line around the entire perimeter and crews are working on mop-up and strengthening those lines. The new section of line completed today on the southeast portion has hose lay in place.

Oak Fire from Road 620 and 628 at noon – photo Gina Clugston

There are currently 318 personnel assigned to the incident.

We will update in more detail after tomorrow’s morning briefing, including new maps.

All mandatory evacuation orders on Road 620 have been reduced to pre-evacuation advisory status as of 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23. Road 620 will open to residents only at 8 p.m.

Road Closures:
– Road 620 @ Miami Creek (Open to Residents Only)
– Road 620 Just West of Lonesome Oak Lane (Open to Residents Only)
– Miami Motorcycle Trails (Closed to All Traffic)

Mandatory Evacuation Orders:
– Miami Motorcycle Trails
– Community of Cedarbrook on Forest Service Road 5S12
– Community of Timberloft on Forest Service Road 6S09 and 6S14B
– Lone Sequoia Campground

Pre-Evacuation Advisories:
– Lonesome Oak Lane
– Buckeye Gap Trail
– North side of Road 620 between Lonesome Oak Lane and Badger Hollow Trail
– Road 620 (North side) between Road 628 to Mojo Lane
– Road 620 (North side) between Buckeye Gap Trail and Old Yosemite Road
– Old Yosemite Road
– Sunshine Mountain Road

Fire personnel are still active in the area. Please reduce speeds and drive with caution. Access will be limited to residents only in areas indicated and no other public access will be granted at this time.

The cancellation of additional evacuation orders is being evaluated based on a variety of factors including potential fire behavior and the re- establishment of crucial infrastructure.

A Red Cross Evacuation Center had been established at the Oakhurst Community Center located at 39800 Road 425B. However, with no one in need of their services, they have gone on standby. Please call 559-515-3974 if you require assistance. The Center will be reopened if needed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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