Incident UpdateOak Fire

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Date: 08/04/2022 Time: 7:22 AM

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Incident Facts

Name
Oak Fire
Start Date/Time
2022-07-22
Incident Status
Active
Location
Hwy 140 and Carstens Road, near Midpines
Type
Wildfire
Cause
Under Investigation
Counties
Mariposa
Admin Unit
Unified Command: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit and Sierra National Forest
Size
19244
Containment
83
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
0
Structures Destroyed
193
Structures Damaged
10
Civilian Injuries
Firefighter Injuries
2
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

There has been little change on fire conditions over the last few days. Containment continues to increase. Fire crews continue to mop up hot spots and do tactical patrols throughout the fire area. In the Devil’s Gulch area, crews continue working to increase containment and strengthen control lines. On the northeastern side of the fire, several hot spots were detected by helicopter and crews are working to mitigate the hot spots. Suppression repair is ongoing.

Suppression repair continues throughout the fire area. Minimal fire was observed overnight. Containment continues to rise. The fire is holding within control lines. Fire
crews continue to mop up hot spots and do tactical patrols throughout the fire area. On the northeast side of the fire, crews continue working to increase containment
and strengthen control lines. Unpopulated areas of the fire remain closed. Excess resources will continue to be released. 

REMINDER:

Mariposa County is hosting a Local Assistance Center (LAC) for ANY community member who has been directly impacted by the Oak Fire. This includes those who are/were evacuated, have/had power outages and those whose homes or properties were damaged or destroyed. See below for more information.

 

PG&E Oak Fire Event Overview

On Wednesday, August 3rd at 1430 hours PG&E restored the remaining 224 customers that had been impacted by the Oak fire. In the past six days, the PG&E crews were able to safely replace 207 utility poles and associated equipment and restrung 6.87 miles of conductor.

If you live in the fire area and are not receiving notifications from PG&E, your contact information may be out of date, or you may only have your landline listed. Please call 1-800-743-5000 to ensure your contact information is updated. If you don’t have a cellular number, you can provide the number of a friend or family member so that you receive updates.

OAK FIRE LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER:

The LAC has been extended another day, August 4th, 9:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M at Mariposa High School Gymnasium, 5074 Old Highway N, Mariposa, CA 95338. This is a multi-agency support center to provide assistance to ANY residents impacted by the Oak Fire.

Services and resources present will include vital records offices for birth, death, or marriage certificates, insurance questions and disputes, replacement drivers' licenses or ID cards, vehicle registrations or titles, tax relief information, Veterans resources, home inspection experts, building and planning information, debris clean-up, and more.

For more information on the LAC, please visit www.mariposacounty.org/2652/Local-Assistance-Center.

Forest Service Information:

Fire restrictions and closures near the fire area are in place on the Sierra National Forest. This closure will support public safety by keeping public members out of
hazardous burn areas and will allow firefighting resources to combat the Fire without public interference. For additional information, visit:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sierra/alerts-notices.

For an updated Smoke Outlook, please visit: https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/3f18d7bc

Please sign up for emergency alert notifications. Mariposa County – MSOAlert.com

Map of the area
https://arcg.is/jKqD5

Road Closures

• Jerseydale Road open to residents only

Evacuation Centers

The Evacuation Center closed today at noon, August 3, 2022.

Animal Evacuation Information
  • Small Animals: Mariposa County SPCA 5599 Hwy 49 North, Mariposa (full)
  • Small Animals: Mariposa Elementary School 5044 Jones St. Mariposa (6th and Jones)
  • Large Animals: Maiposa County Fairgrounds 5007 Fairgrounds Rd. Mariposa
  • Large Animals: Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds 44777 Rodeo Grounds Ln Coarsegold
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING DEBRIS REMOVAL

The Mariposa County HHSA - Environmental Health Unit is working with CalEPA and CalREcycle to help remove hazardous waste and burn debris from burned out property as a result of the Oak Fire. Property that has been partially cleared/cleaned up by individuals will NOT be eligible for thisprogram if it becomes available. More information here [http://]- www.mariposacounty.org/2644/Returning-after-the-fire If you would like to take advantage of ANY program to remove fire debris from your property, at no out of pocket cost to you, do not begin clean up. Looking for small personal items is ok. Please take precautions, because of the possibility that fire debris may contain hazardous waste products.

RETURNING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE:

Although wildfire damage can be immeasurable, the danger is not over after the flames are put out. Flash flooding and debris flows, structural damage, road instability, and damaged trees are just some of the dangers that exist after a wildfire. Keep these tips in mind:

• Stay away from your home or business until fire officials tell you it is safe to return.
• Flash floods are a very real and potentially deadly hazard after a wildfire, particularly as a result of rain falling over a burned area upstream of your location. Stay away from burned forests, storm channels, and natural drainages (rivers, creeks, and engineered channels can convey deadly flows of water and debris, especially after a wildfire).
• Have a battery-powered radio to listen for emergency updates, weather forecasts,
• reports of flash flooding, and news reports.
• Have an evacuation plan in place and make sure all family members are familiar with it.
• Be aware of and use extreme caution around trees, power poles, and other tall objects or structures that may have lost stability during the fire. Most burned structures and surfaces will be unstable.
• Stay out of burned forests during windy conditions, as burned trees are easily downed by wind. Do not touch any power lines.
• Keep a “fire watch.” That means look for smoke or sparks throughout the house and on rooftops (e.g., in gutters), etc. Look for ash pits or hidden embers. Stay away – they can burn you.
• Before inspecting your home, first check for the smell of gas. Turn off power until you’ve completed your inspection. Use a battery-powered flashlight to inspect a damaged home. (Note: the flashlight should be turned on outside before entering. The battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.)

• Do not drink or use water from the faucet until emergency officials say it is okay; water supply systems can be damaged and become polluted during wildfires or as a result of subsequent post-fire flooding. If your well has been damaged by fire, contact a local licensed and bonded well constructor or pump installer to determine the extent of the damage and what must be done to either repair or decommission the well.
• Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke, flood waters, or soot.
• Utilities: If there is no power, check to make sure the main breaker is on. If the breakers are on and power is still not present, contact the utility company. If you have a propane tank or system, contact a propane supplier, turn off valves on the system, and leave valves closed until the supplier inspects your system. If you have a heating oil tank system, contact a heating oil supplier for an inspection of your system before you use it. If you have a solar electrical system, this system should be inspected by a licensed technician to verify that the solar panels and electrical wiring are safe for continued operation.

Evacuation Zones

Evacuation Orders

• East of Mariposa Pines / Jerseydale Subdivisopns to Devil’s Gulch

• North of Footman Ridge

Evacuation Advisement

FIRE ADVISEMENTS-

All Fire Advisement have been lifted

Assigned Resources

Engines
171
Water Tenders
71
Helicopters
12
Air Tankers
Dozers
51
Hand Crews
69
Other
Total Personnel
2621
Cooperating Agencies
Cooperating Agencies: Mariposa County, CalOES, PG&E, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management, North Fork Rancheria, Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation, Picayune Rancheria of Chuckchansi Indians, North Fork Mono Indians, American Red Cross, California Department of Transportation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, Central California Animal Disaster Team, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Public Utilities District, Merced-Mariposa Cattleman’s Association, Civil Air Patrol, Ferrellgas Propane