Task Force Rattlesnake Fighting Wild Fires in Mariposa County

Joint Task Force Rattlesnake, composed of troops from the National Guard & State Guard (State Defense Force), have been serving on State Active Duty (SAD) fighting the Wild Fires in Mariposa County, California. They are working side by side with CALFIRE and the US Forest Service containing the blaze. The fire has affected over 19,000 acres and unfortunately destroyed 193 structures. The Task Force has been working night and day to contain the wild fire and have contained 79% of it.

Half the troops of Joint Task Force Rattlesnake that are on State Active Duty are California State Guard.

We thank all the soldiers of Task Force Rattlesnake for risking their lives to protect Californians.

70+ Cal Guard Task Force Rattlesnake troops are currently assisting CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced and U.S. Forest Service on the #oakfire in Mariposa County, California. More than 18,000 acres has burned with 26% containment.





Oak Fire: Crews reach 79% containment, acreage holds steady at 19,244

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022 2:33AM

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Power could be restored Tuesday evening to more residents affected by the Oak Fire.

CAL FIRE reports there was no growth on the fire overnight and containment increased to 79%.

The wildfire has scorched 19,244 acres since it first sparked on the afternoon of Friday, July 22nd.

Tuesday afternoon, officials said that all fire advisements have been lifted.

The only evacuation orders remaining are for East of Mariposa Pines/Jerseydale Subdivisions to Devils Gulch and North of Footman Ridge.

CAL FIRE reports that 127 houses have been destroyed, along with 66 outbuildings.

Currently, the most complex firefighting operation is in the Devil’s Gulch area, with crews working to build and secure control lines in incredibly steep and rugged terrain.

RELATED: Army veteran’s home burned down by Oak Fire in Mariposa County

The Oak Fire was sparked near the community of Midpines between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park.

RELATED: Oak Fire: Newly married couple return to find Mariposa County home in ashes

Areas including Triangle Road, some parts of Lushmeadows Subdivision, and all addresses on Highway 140 are now open, but only for residents who live in the area.

You can see updates and details on this evacuation map created by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.

Governor Newsom secured federal funding to keep resources and firefighters moving in.

RELATED: Track wildfires across Central California and the state with this interactive map

An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Mariposa Elementary School. Evacuees are being given safe shelter, water, meals and more resources.

Address of evacuation centers:

  • Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones Street, Mariposa, CA 95338

Animal evacuation centers:

  • 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: Mariposa County Fairgrounds 5007 Fairgrounds Rd. Mariposa
  • Large Animals: Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds 44777 Rodeo Grounds Ln Coarsegold

Officials are urging anyone who needs information to call the Oak Fire information line: 844-MMU-FIRE (844-668-3473)

For the latest developments, photos and videos on the Oak Fire, click here.

Full list of stories on the Oak Fire:

READ: Beloved cat found safe after going missing as family forced to evacuate home during Oak Fire

READ: Army veteran’s home burned down by Oak Fire in Mariposa County

READ: Oak Fire: Newly married couple return to find Mariposa County home in ashes

READ: Oak Fire: Valley air quality expected to worsen due to smoke from Mariposa County wildfire

READ: Oak Fire: Red Cross volunteers helping more than 50 evacuees

WATCH: Video captures ‘apocalyptic scene’ as Oak Fire smoke blankets skies

READ: Oak Fire: GoFundMe sets up verified hub for fundraisers

READ: Oak Fire: Animal evacuation shelters busy with pets

Source: California National GuardABC 30 Action News

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