MIDPINES – Cal Fire is reporting that the cause of the Carstens wildfire near Midpines was an unattended campfire.
The huge fire, which started on Sunday afternoon, has now burned over 1,600 acres and forced the evacuation of 1,900 residents from about 800 homes.As of 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, evacuated areas include Hites Cove, Jerseydale, Clarks Valley, Triangle Rd. and Scott Road, Lush Meadows, East West Fall Road at Triangle Rd to Triangle Park Dr, Darrah Rd to North Valley View
Road Closures: Triangle Road closed at Highway 140, Carlton at Triangle Road, Silva at Triangle Road and Darrah at Triangle Road.
There are 2,237 personnel on the fire, along with 143 engines, 21 dozers and 4 water tenders.
There has been one injury associated with the fire, but it is not clear whether it was a firefighter or a member of the public.
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.