MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Fox Fire, which started yesterday near Lookout Mountain Road and Foxfield Lane south of Mariposa, is now 60 percent contained and firefighters have held it at 24 acres.
As crews continue to strengthen firelines and do mopup, others are being released from the incident.
The fire started just after noon on Sunday, June 7, and prompted the evacuation of homes in the area. Residents were allowed to return last evening. Twenty-eight homes were affected.
No injuries were reported. There are 5 engines, 2 crews, 1 water tender and 60 personnel assigned to the incident today.
Full containment is expected tomorrow morning.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Concerns for today are areas of unburned grass and brush within the fire perimeter. Conditions caused by four years of drought in the area contributed to erratic fire conditions with trees torching and spot fires starting ahead of the main fire around homes. Firefighters continue to work through the day to improve containment in expected 100+ degree temperatures.
The public is advised to avoid the area as suppression activities are still ongoing and fire equipment is on the roadways.
For information on defensible space and evacuation preparation go to ReadyforWildfire.org.