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Oak Fire Continues To Push Northeast, Evacuations And Advisories Issued

AHWAHNEE – Residents have been evacuated and advisories issued ahead of the Oak Fire, burning north of Road 620 (Bissett Station) northeast of Ahwahnee.

As of 5:47 p.m., the fire was estimated at 150 acres with a moderate rate of spread, and by 7 p.m., the estimate had risen to 250 acres with 0 percent containment. The fire continues to push northeast into the Sierra National Forest toward the Miami Mountain trails area.

The fire was reported at 3:44 p.m. and quickly burned through thick brush from its ignition point, reported as Lonesome Oak Road.

Cal Fire, Madera County Fire and Sierra National Forest resources are on scene.

By 6:15 p.m., the dozer line was complete halfway up the west flank with retardant drops supporting those efforts. Hand line and road systems are being utilized on the eastern flank. Air Attack reports that the leading edge is headed toward the Railroad Fire burn scar, which will slow the forward progress.

Current Madera County Road Closures and Evacuations for Oak Fire:

Road Closures:
– Road 620 @ Miami Creek
– Road 620 just west of Lonesome Oak Lane
– Miami Motorcycle Trails

Evacuation Orders:
– Lonesome Oak Lane
– Buckeye Gap Trail
– Miami Motorcycle Trails
– Northside of Road 620 between Lonesome Oak Lane and Badger Hollow Trail
– Cedarbrook on 5S12 Forest Service Road
– Timber Loft community on 6S09 and 6S14B

Pre-Evacuation Advisories:
– Road 620 (Northside) between Road 628 to Mojo Lane
– Road 620 (Northside) between Buckeye Gap Trail and Old Yosemite Road
– Old Yosemite Road
– Sunshine Mountain Road

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. There is a notice on the door with a phone number if anyone requires assistance.

Large animals that have been evacuated are being housed at the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds.

USFS Law Enforcement, CHP and California Fish and Wildlife are assisting with evacuations and road closures.

The Sheriff’s Office warns residents not to wait for an evacuation order to leave if they feel threatened. Call 911 if you need assistance.

At 8:25 p.m., the containment was estimated at 10 percent, still at 250 acres.

We will update here as conditions develop.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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