MARIPOSA – Over 800 firefighters continue battling a large wildfire in the Jerseydale area north of Mariposa today, dealing with steep terrain, tinder dry brush and narrow access roads.
Crews continue to roll into staging areas, and air tankers and helicopters worked overhead all day making water and retardant drops on the flames.At 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents within and around the Lushmeadows subdivision. They urge caution when driving in the area as fire personnel and equipment are present as they respond to various positions around the Lushmeadows area.
The Carstens Fire was only 15% contained as of 5 p.m. on Monday, June 17, and has burned an estimated 1,600 acres, causing the closing of roads and the evacuation of homes in the area.
Residents on the northeast side of Triangle Road between Highway 140 extending to Darrah Road were told to evacuate last night at 11:30 p.m., with Cal Fire citing concern over the unpredictability of the Carstens fire.
Prior to the evacuation of the Lushmeadows area, approximately 150 homes had been evacuated, and about 500 residents had left the area.
An evacuation center has been established at the Mariposa Elementary School located at 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa. Domestic animals are allowed at this shelter.
The Mariposa County Fairgrounds Animal Shelter for large animals and livestock has also been opened.
A Health Alert has been issued regarding the expectation of increased smoke and ash. Everyone, but especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) older adults and children should limit time spent outdoors and limit prolonged or heavy exertion and exercise when smoke is present.
For ongoing updates and information, residents may call 209-966-1133 or 888-966-1133 or visit the Mariposa County Website
Community members can call the Carstens Fire Information Line at 209-966-4784.
As of 5 p.m. on Monday, no structures have been lost.