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More Oak Fire Evacuees Can Return Home

MIDPINES — On July 26, 2022, at 2:00 pm the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office reduced some areas on the southern portion of the fire from mandatory evacuations to fire advisement allowing more residents to return to their homes.

Evacuations for the following areas have been reduced to Fire Advisement. These areas will be open to residents living in the area only. Be prepared to show your ID to enter:

• Darrah Road from Bootjack Lane to Quail Ridge Drive including all side roads to the edge of the fire
• Cole Road including all side roads
• Silva Road from Carleton Road to Van Ness Road
• Carleton from Silva Rd to Indian Rock Lane including Indian Rock Lane
• Allred Road
• Morningstar Road including all side roads

Fire advisement is NOT an evacuation Order, it is simply to advise residents in the area of the potential need to evacuate should conditions change. Allowing those in the affected area to plan and prepare.

Residents who have been repopulated and need to pick up animals at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds can do so anytime between 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

View the most current evacuation map: Evacuation Map

Map of Oak Fire Evacuation Areas

Oak Fire Evacuation Map

The following Road closures remain in effect:

• Triangle Road from Hwy 140 to East Westfall Road and all side roads
• Jerseydale Rd including all side roads
• Darrah Road from Quail Ridge to Triangle Rd including all side roads
• East Westfall Road from Triangle Road to Oliver Creek
• Carleton Road from Triangle to Indian Rock
• Hwy 140 from Allred Rd to Colorado Road
• Ponderosa Way including all side roads
• Carstens Road including all side roads

Although wildfire damage can be immeasurable, the danger is not over after the flames are put out. Flash flooding and debris flows, structural damage, road instability, and damaged trees are just some of the dangers that exist after a wildfire.
Keep these tips in mind:
• Stay away from your home or business until fire officials tell you it is safe to return.
• Flash floods are a very real and potentially deadly hazard after a wildfire, particularly as a result of rain falling over a burned area upstream of your location. Stay away from burned forests, storm channels, and natural drainages (rivers, creeks, and engineered channels can convey deadly flows of water and debris, especially after a wildfire).
• Have a battery-powered radio to listen for emergency updates, weather forecasts,
• reports of flash flooding, and news reports.
• Have an evacuation plan in place and make sure all family members are familiar with it.
• Be aware of and use extreme caution around trees, power poles, and other tall objects or structures that may have lost stability during the fire. Most burned structures and surfaces will be unstable.
• Stay out of burned forests during windy conditions, as burned trees are easily downed by wind. Do not touch any power lines.
• Keep a “fire watch.” That means look for smoke or sparks throughout the house and on rooftops (e.g., in gutters), etc. Look for ash pits or hidden embers. Stay away – they can burn you.
• Before inspecting your home, first check for the smell of gas. Turn off power until you’ve completed your inspection. Use a battery-powered flashlight to inspect a damaged home. (Note: the flashlight should be turned on outside before entering. The battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.)
• Do not drink or use water from the faucet until emergency officials say it is okay; water supply systems can be damaged and become polluted during wildfires or as a result of subsequent post-fire flooding. If your well has been damaged by fire, contact a local licensed and bonded well constructor or pump installer to determine the extent of the damage and what must be done to either repair or decommission the well.
• Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke, flood waters, or soot.
• Utilities: If there is no power, check to make sure the main breaker is on. If the breakers are on and power is still not present, contact the utility company. If you have a propane tank or system, contact a propane supplier, turn off valves on the system, and leave valves closed until the supplier inspects your system. If you have a heating oil tank system, contact a heating oil supplier for an inspection of your system before you use it. If you have a solar electrical system, this system should be inspected by a licensed technician to verify that the solar panels and electrical wiring are safe for continued operation.

Fire restrictions and closures near the fire area are in place on the Sierra National Forest.
This closure will support public safety by keeping public members out of hazardous burn areas and will allow firefighting resources to combat the Fire without public interference.

For additional information, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sierra/alerts-notices .

For more information about wildfire preparedness visit: http://www.readyforwildfire.org

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