California | Ferguson Fire | Update

Fire activity on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 near Mariposa Pines

UPDATE 1 – JULY 20 (FRIDAY) – 2245 PDT

The FERGUSON FIRE is located off of Highway 140 and Hite Cove on the Crater Lake National Park and about 10 miles north of Mariposa, California.

The wildfire is in the Sierra National Forest that started at the Savage Trading Post.

The fire started on July 13, 2018, from an unknown cause.

Command is in Unified Command with CA IMT Team 4, USFS, CAL Fire and the Mariposa County Sheriff Office. The ICP is located at the Ahwanee Regional Park.

The fire has burned 24,450 acres of brush and timber in very steep and inaccessible terrain.  Fire crews have reached a 7% containment status.   This canyon has held the record of having the largest fire on the Sierra NF back in 1924. (Prior to the ROUGH FIRE).

Fire behavior is moderate with short-range spotting, backing and flanking.

There are 2,832 personnel along with 204 engines, 38 water tenders, 17 helicopters, 70 crews and 40 bulldozers!

Incident Cooperators include:

  • CHP
  • CAL Trans
  • PG & E
  • CA Conservation Corps
  • Mariposa County Public Works
  • American Red Cross
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Mariposa County Sheriff Office
  • Sierra NF
  • CAL Air Quality

Evacuations are in effect for the following areas:

Mandatory Evacuations  (LEAVE NOW)

  • El Portal Trailer Court
  • Incline Rd from Clearing House to the last BLM campground
  • Jerseydale/ Mariposa Pines
  • Cedar Lodge/ Indian Flat Campground
  • Savage’s Trading Post
  • Sweetwater Ridge
  • Rancheria Flat – Government Housing
  • Old El Portal
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Foresta
  • Incline Rd from Clearing House to the Foresta Bridge to the last BLM campground

Evacuation Advisory  (GET READY)

  •  *Yosemite West
  • Lushmeadows Community
  • Ponderosa Basin Community
  • Triangle Rd from Jerseydale Rd to Hwy 49 South including all side roads
  • Darrah Rd from Triangle to Sherrod Rd
  • East side of Hwy 49S from Darrah Rd to Harris Rd
  • Boyer Rd
  • Woodland Area
  • Wass Rd
  • Tip Top Rd

Shelters (PEOPLE)

  • New Life Christian Fellowship – 5089 Cole Road – Mariposa, CA 95338
  • Yosemite Valley Elementary School – 9009 Lost Arrow Rd – Yosemite National Park, CA.

Shelters (ANIMALS)

  • SPCA – 5599 California 49 – Mariposa, CA 95338 (Small animals)
  • Mariposa County Fairgrounds – 5007 Fairgrounds Road – Mariposa, CA 95338 (Large animals)


The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $11,000,000.

#FergusonFire  #CAwildfires2018

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Yosemite National Park: El Portal Fire #BreakingNews

Yosemite National Park – Approximately 40 minutes ago, the Park posted a new fire breaking out on their Facebook Page.

The event dubbed the “El Portal Fire” is located in the area of the  Park’s Administrative site.

The fire has reached a level of 2100 acres burned so far.  It is currently threatening multiple structures with one already reported as being lost.

Cause and containment status is unknown at this time.

The Park evacuated the following areas:

  • Old El Portal, Foresta, The Crane Flat Campgrounds.
  • Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy. 120) closed from El Portal Rd. (Hwy. 140) Junction to Junction with Tioga Rd. at Crane Flat Bridaveil Creek Campground.

Photo Credit: Yosemite Village Facebook Page

Currently, open at the time of this blog post:

  • Tioga Rd. is only accessible from Hwy. 120 in Groveland and Lee Vining.
  • Yosemite Valley accessible from Hwy. 140 (Mariposa) and Hwy. 41 (Oakhurst).

Type IMT 1 will arrive inside the park at 1300 hours and take over operations at 1600.

There are many Firefighters on the ground fighting the fire. We have asked the number and are awaiting the figure.  Additional Firefighters have been requested and more are en route to the fire.

Current resources on this incident are a DC10, 8 tankers and 6 helos.  We would guess more will be requested after the Fire Management Team is in place, but we imagine they will need to assess the situation prior to a new request is implemented.

–> Please keep the Firefighters, staff, travelers, campers and all inside the Park in your thoughts and prayers.  This is a very dangerous situation for all involved. -Thanks, Editor <–

Published 7/27/14 1300 PDT

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