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Sky Ranch Road Evacuated, Railroad Fire Bears Down On Cedar Valley

FISH CAMP — Sky Ranch Road is now being evacuated as the Railroad Fire continues its push south toward Cedar Valley.

This morning the fire spotted across the lines near Sugar Pine, prompting the evacuation of Cedar Valley.

By 4:30 p.m., the fire was reported as having moved south past the Lewis Creek Trailhead, and deputies fanned out across the Sky Ranch Road area to notify residents to get out.

The evacuation includes all of Sky Ranch Road and these side roads:

  • Sky Ranch Lane
  • Sugar Pine Drive
  • Sugar Pine Court
  • Oak Lane
  • Mountain View Court
  • Country Club Drive
  • Sky Acres Court
  • Buckskin Lane
  • Sunny Oaks Lane

With two new fires now burning within miles of the Railroad Fire, the struggle to put enough resources on the lines and in the air continues.

Resources were requested this afternoon as two new fires broke out at the same time, just after 1 p.m. – the Peak Fire near Usona Road in Mariposa County, and the Mission Fire in North Fork. Both prompted immediate evacuations, and the Mission Fire had grown to 350 acres by 4 p.m., and to 500 acres by 5 p.m., destroying three structures.

We will update on the Railroad Fire after the evening briefing. With all three fires going at once, attendance in person at Fire Camp will not be possible tonight, but we will update as completely as possible from the information released.

Closures and evacuations on the Railroad Fire (in addition to Sky Ranch):

At 10 a.m. this morning, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for the Cedar Valley Subdivision.

This evacuation notice includes the following roads:

  • Cedar Valley Drive
  • Deer Run Trail
  • Lazy Oak Drive
  • Cedar Brook Road
  • Cedar Springs Road
  • Mountain Meadow Road
  • Chu Ranch Road
  • Tolladay Road
  • Jackson Road
  • Cedar Ridge Circle North and South
  • ManzanitA Drive
  • Three Springs Road
  • Lakeside Drive
  • Cedar Place

Highway 41 remains closed in both directions from Cedar Valley on the south (about three miles north of Oakhurst), to Wawona inside Yosemite National Park. Yosemite visitors should use Highway 49 to Highway 140 or 120 for entrance to the National Park.

Road closures include all Highway 41 offshoots between Cedar Valley Road and Summerdale Campground north of Fish Camp, in both Madera County and Mariposa County, and Road 630 (Sugar Pine Road) and all cross streets, including Sugar Pine Christian Camps.

Jackson Road (6S07) is closed from Fish Camp to Beasore Road.

A mandatory evacuation is in place for the the community of Fish Camp, the Tenaya Lodge, the Narrow Gauge Inn, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, the community of Sugar Pine including the Christian Camp, Cedar Valley, Big Sandy Campground and Summerdale Campground.

Sky Ranch (Road 632) is under an evacuation order. The road is closed and evacuations ordered for Nelder Grove, Camp Redwood, Paradise Springs, Calvin Crest, and Soquel and Texas Flat campgrounds.

There have been some changes to this list of Forest road closures:

  • Road 632
  • Forest Road 5S10 at 5S39
  • Forest Road 6S13 at Road 274
  • Forest Road 6S08 at 6S36
  • Forest Road 6S10 at 6S39
  • Forest Road 6S99 at Beasore Road
  • Forest Road 6S40 at Beasore Road
  • Forest Road 6S40X at Beasore Road
  • Forest Road 5S40Y at Beasore Road
  • Worman Road one mile in from Highway 49 (at Road 601).

The community of Wawona is still on alert to the possible threat from this fire. Residents and visitors are encouraged to make appropriate pre-evacuation preparations.

The Red Cross Evacuation Center at the Oakhurst Community Center has been reopened at 39880 Road 425B.

Also, the Central California Animal Disaster Team has re-activated a small animal shelter at the Oakhurst Community Center Pavillion Building. Large animals can be sheltered at the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds, at 44777 Rodeo Grounds Lane in Coarsegold. The phone number is 559-676-7864.

For animal evacuations, people will need to call the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (559) 675-7770 to request help. CCADT will be working with Madera County Animal Control to help with evacs if needed

The hot line number for the Red Cross is 559-343-2549.

All roads past Wawona inside Yosemite are open, except Glacier Point Road, which was closed last Sunday due to increased fire activity on the Empire Fire.

For fire updates, residents and visitors can message RAILROADFIRE (one word) to 888777.

A fire information line has been established for the Railroad Fire at 559-373-0040.

The Railroad Fire was reported at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, just south of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad on the west side of Highway 41. It is burning on the Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest.

The estimated date for containment is Friday, Sept. 8.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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