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Oak Fire is now 360 acres, some evacuations orders lifted in Madera, Mariposa County

Courtesy: Tom Wheeler

UPDATE: Sept. 26, 2018 7:03 a.m.

The Oak Fire is 360 acres with 75 percent containment.

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UPDATE: Sept. 24, 2018 10:53 a.m.

The Oak Fire is 390 acres with 45% containment.

The fire is burning in the Ahwahnee area of Eastern Madera County.

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UPDATE: September 23, 2018 08:16 p.m.

After just a few weeks of rest, firefighters like Cody Bogan in Madera County are back at it.

“Another long fire season, it seems like things slowed down for a bit and we got to catch our breath a little bit, but now here we are again – temperatures came back up, and we’re right back at it," said Bogan, a Battalion Chief with Cal Fire.

The Oak Fire has now burned 390 acres, and is 35% contained.

"It’s been a horrible season. The firefighters have been away from home for a month or two at a time sometimes. The past few weeks it’s been quiet, we haven’t had a whole lot of fires. But still, people have been on duty, and we’re just hoping for some rain," said Jamie Williams, who works with Cal Fire.

Cal Fire says the rough terrain is making it difficult to get to the flames.

“We’re having to hike in," explained Chief Bogan. "That’s what we’re doing now, we’re loading up water, trying to get to the guys. It’s tough access out there. It’s steep. Nasty country, and it’s taxing on the guys.”

The heat and low humidity only make things worse.

“There’s a lot of potential for this fire. With the weather, we’re facing the effects from the drought still, and the tree mortality – so all of that contributes to the spread and the intensity of the fire," said Williams.

Cal Fire has set up an evacuation center at the Oakhurst Community Center.

“The guys are tough, and they work hard, and we keep pushing through. I think things are looking a lot better today than they were yesterday afternoon," said Chief Bogan.

Right now, Cal Fire is not sure what started these flames, but they are still investigating.

Evacuations have been issued for the following areas:

- Lonesome Oak Lane

- Buckeye Gap Trail

- Miami Motorcycle Trails Northside of Road 620 between Lonesome Oak Lane and Badger Hollow Trail.

Pre-Evacuation Advisories:

- Road 620 (Northside) between Road 628 to Mojo Lane

- Road 620 (Northside) between Buckeye Gap Trail and Old Yosemite Road

- Old Yosemite Road Sunshine Mountain Road

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UPDATE: September 23, 2018 07:40 p.m.

All mandatory evacuation orders on Road 620 have been reduced to pre-evacuation advisory status for the Oak Fire as of 8:00 p.m,

Sunday, September 23rd. Road 620 will open to residents only at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 23rd.

UPDATE: September 23, 2018 11:56 a.m.

The Oak Fire is now burning 375 acres and is 10% contained as of this morning.

Evacuations have been issued for the following areas:

- Road 620 @ Old Yosemite Road

- Road 620 @ Road 628

- Miami Motorcycle Trails

Pre-Evacuation Advisories:

- Road 620 (Northside) between Road 628 to Mojo Lane

- Road 620 (Northside) between Buckeye Gap Trail and Old Yosemite Road

- Old Yosemite Road

- Sunshine Mountain Road

An evacuation center has been established at the Oakhurst Community Center located at 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst, CA 93644.

Fox26 will continue to bring you the latest updates on this fire.

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UPDATE: 6:14 PM

Additional evacuations have now been ordered in Mariposa County.

A mandatory evacuation notice has been issued for the community of Cedarbrook on 5S12 Forest Service Rd and the Timber Loft community on 6S09 and 6S14B.

A Red Cross evacuation center has been set up at the Oakhurst community center located at 39800 Fresno Flats Road.

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Evacuations are under way in Madera County as a fire is threatening homes near Ahwahnee.

The fire, as of 5:30 p.m., covers 35 acres.

It is burning in the area of Road 620/Road 628 and Lonesome Oak Drive.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office activated its reverse-911 system to alert families in the area affected.

Stay with FOX26 News and kmph.com as we update this story.


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