MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Fox Fire, burning just south of Mormon Bar off Highway 49, is now estimated at 24 acres and is 35 percent contained, according to Incident Commander Steve Ward.
About 140 personnel are currently assigned to the incident which was reported at 12:10 p.m., on Sunday, June 7, burning near Lookout Mountain Road and Foxfield Lane.
Forward progress of the fire has been stopped. Crews, some from as far away as Monterey, will be working through the night to hold the fire and get a secure line around the entire perimeter.
All aircraft and dozers have been released.
Fire evacuations have been lifted for Foxfield Road and Daffodil Road residents, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Those living in the area were evacuated just after noon on Sunday.
The lifting of the evacuations applies only to those on Foxfield and Daffodil. Lookout Mountain and Alamo Creek remain under an evacuation order.
Residents will need to show identification to enter the road block area.
Heavy fire suppression traffic is ongoing in the area so please drive with caution.
Red Cross volunteers have opened an evacuation center for residents affected by the Fox Fire at the New Life Christian Church, 5089 Cole Road in Boot Jack.
If you require evacuation assistance for livestock, call 209-966-3615.
(Photo courtesy of Gheri Michele-Reynolds)