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River Fire Doubles to 8000 Acres with 10% Containment

Evacuation Order Update – July 12, 2021 at 4:01 pm 

An Evacuation Order has been issued for Road 600 between Apache Ranch Road and Blazing Saddle Trail including the spur road JWP Ranch Road due to the River Fire. There is an immediate threat to life. This is an evacuation order to leave now. The area is being closed to public access. Take action immediately. If you’re in need of evacuation assistance, call 9 1 1. An evacuation shelter has been established at New Life Christian Fellowship Church, 5089 Cole Road in Mariposa.

The River Fire started at approximately 2:13 pm on July 11th, 2021 near the Madera/Mariposa County line – Road 800 and Road 812.

NORTH FORK –  As of 4 pm on July 12, 2021 more than 8000 acres have burned with a 10% containment. Expected full containment is unknown at this time.

Cause of fire is still under investigation.

Five structures have been destroyed. It is unknown at this time how many structures are threatened.

Damage assessment is ongoing.

Firefighters continue to aggressively attack the fire while dangerous heat persists. Extreme fire behavior, due to low fuel moisture and persistent drought, is a concern.  Crews are working  hard to construct and reinforce control lines. Currently, the 477 personnel on the fire lines.

The fire is burning in oak/grass woodland.

Photo courtesy Courtney Cara in Coarsegold

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for the following areas:

Madera County:

Road 800

Road 810

Road 812

Road 600

Apache Road to Road 612, both sides

Mariposa County: 

Indian Peak at Usona to Road 800

Oak Grove Road at Oak Grove School Road to Road 800

Stumpfield from Leonard to Madera County Line

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for the following areas:

Madera County: 

Road 612

Road 415

The Red Cross has set up a temporary evacuation center at The New Life Christian Fellowship Church, 5089 Cole Rd. Mariposa, CA. 95338.

If residents need help with animal evacuation assistance for Mariposa and Madera Counties, please visit Central California Animal Disaster Team at CCADT.ORG.  Instructions are on the home page.

For more animal evacuation information contact: Madera County – 559-675-7769 and Mariposa County – 209-966-3615

Road Closures in Madera County:

Road 613 to Road 800

Road 600 to Road 619

Road 600 – 612

Road Closures in Mariposa County:

Stumpfield Mountain Road and Leonard Road

Indian Peak Road at Usona Road

Oak Grove Road at Oak Grove School Road

There are currently 83 engines, 9 water tenders, 12 dozers, 9 hand crews, 7 helicopters with a total personnel of 477 on the River Fire.

Numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the State are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow.

Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Mariposa County Fire, Mariposa County Sheriff, Madera County Fire, Madera County Sheriff, Red Cross, PG&E, CHP, Merced County Fire, Madera Public Works, Mariposa Public Works.

To learn more about wildfire preparedness visit: www.readyforwildfire.org

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