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Ferguson Fire Updates

 


Update 7: 
Crews largely contain Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County, California. Most evacuation orders lifted as of August 10, 2018.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Fresno, California
  • Modesto, California

This alert began 10 Aug 2018 19:48 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Aug 2018 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Mariposa County, California
  • Start Date: July 13
  • Impact: Ground transport disruptions, possible power outages, park closures

California wildfires: Ferguson Fire perimeter as of August 10, 2018.
Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary
Firefighters have made significant containment progress as they battle the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County. As of Aug. 10, the fire has grown to approximately 38,665 hectares (95,544 acres) and was 80-percent contained. Crews are planning to finish securing the perimeter between El Portal and Wawona roads over the coming days. The fire has resulted in two firefighter fatalities; at least 13 other personnel have been injured by the blaze.

Due to the increased containment percentages, authorities have lifted mandatory evacuation orders for communities in the surrounding area. Parts of the Yosemite National Park, including the Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, and Hetch Hetchy areas, remain closed to the public until further notice. Residents who live in these park sectors are the only people permitted entry; households can expect power outages and limited water service until crews can conduct utility repairs.

Transport
The wildfire continues to cause some localized transport disruptions in parts of Mariposa County. Authorities have closed SR-140 and SR-41 (Wawona Road) at the Yosemite National Park boundary to all but local traffic. These roadways will likely reopen to all traffic once the Yosemite National Park closure is lifted. Low visibility due to poor air quality from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Ferguson Fire is approximately 100 km (60 miles) east of Modesto and north of Fresno.



Advice
Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; delays due to road closures and detours are likely. Individuals near the fire should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.

Resources
Ferguson Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov


Update 6: 
Crews continue to battle Ferguson Fire near Mariposa, Calif., US, Aug. 6. Parts of Yosemite National Park closed indefinitely.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Fresno, California
  • Modesto, California

This alert began 06 Aug 2018 19:57 GMT and is scheduled to expire 10 Aug 2018 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Mariposa County, California (map)
  • Start Date: July 13
  • Impact: Evacuations; ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary
Firefighters continue to battle the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County. The fire has grown to approximately 37,030 hectares (91,502 acres); containment of the blaze dropped slightly to 38 percent as of Aug. 6. Much of the current fire activity is occurring in steep, inaccessible terrain, which is complicating firefighting efforts. Despite a drop in containment percentages, officials still hope to fully control the wildfire complex by Aug. 15. This date could fluctuate depending on weather conditions. Nearly 2,700 personnel are on site assisting with firefighting operations. The fire has resulted in two firefighter fatalities; at least 12 other personnel have been injured by the blaze. The Ferguson Fire has destroyed 10 structures since it began July 13; nearly 1,000 additional structures remain threatened by the blaze.

The following mandatory evacuation orders in effect as of Aug. 6:

  • Anderson Valley
  • Cedar Lodge/Indian Flat Campground
  • El Portal Trailer Court
  • Foresta
  • Incline and River roads
  • Old El Portal
  • Old Yosemite Road
  • Rancheria Flat
  • Savage Trading Post
  • Wawona
  • Yosemite Valley
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Yosemite West

Authorities maintain an emergency shelter at the New Life Christian Church in Mariposa. Officials have decided to close portions of Yosemite National Park indefinitely due to nearby fire activity and poor air quality, including Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Crane Flat, Glacier Point, Big Oak Flat, Hetch Hetchy, and Tioga Road (west of White Wolf).

Transport
The wildfire has resulted in localized transport disruptions in parts of Mariposa County. Authorities have closed SR-140 between Midpines and the Yosemite National Park boundary to all but local traffic; SR-41 (Wawona Road) is closed between Chilnualna Falls Road and Bridalveil Falls Road. Additional secondary road closures are also ongoing in the areas under mandatory evacuation orders, including along Incline, Anderson Valley, Foresta, River, Summit, and Old Yosemite roads. These closures will likely change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility due to poor air quality from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Ferguson Fire is approximately 100 km (60 miles) east of Modesto and north of Fresno.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; delays due to road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.

Resources
Ferguson Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov


 

Update 5: 
Ferguson Fire continues to grow in Mariposa County, Calif., US, Aug. 2. Yosemite National Park closure extended.

The locations affected by this alert are: 

  • Fresno, California
  • Modesto, California

This alert began 02 Aug 2018 17:14 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Aug 2018 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Mariposa County, California
  • Start Date: July 13
  • Impact: Evacuations; ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Operations to control the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County are ongoing as of Aug. 2. Progress has been made in completing containment lines to protect the communities of Jerseydale and Darrah along the western flank of the fire perimeter. Crews are now focusing on strengthening fire defenses along the northern and eastern sides of the complex. As of early Aug. 2, the fire has burned approximately 27,765 hectares (68,610 acres) and is 39-percent contained. Crews hope to fully contain the complex by Aug. 15; however, this date could fluctuate depending on weather conditions.

The following mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect:

  • Anderson Valley
  • Foresta
  • Old El Portal
  • Old Yosemite Road
  • River Road
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Yosemite West
  • Wawona

Cedar Lodge, Indian Flat Campground, El Portal Trailer Court, Rancheria Flat, and Savages' Trading Post are under evacuation advisories; residents in these areas are advised to prepare to quickly leave if fire conditions change. Authorities have established an emergency shelter at the New Life Christian Church in Mariposa. Officials extended the closure of parts of Yosemite National Park due to nearby fire activity and poor air quality. The Yosemite Valley area of the park will be closed through at least Aug. 5; Wawona, Mariposa Grove, and the park's south entrance are closed indefinitely.

Over 3,300 personnel are on site assisting with firefighting operations. Much of the active perimeter is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire has resulted in two firefighter fatalities; at least 11 other personnel have been injured by the blaze. The Ferguson Fire has destroyed 10 structures since it began July 13; over 800 additional structures remain threatened by the blaze.


Transport
The wildfire has resulted in localized transport disruptions in parts of Mariposa County. Authorities have closed SR-140 and Incline Road between Midpines and the Yosemite National Park boundary to all but local traffic; SR-41 (Wawona Road) is closed between Chilnualna Falls Road and Bridalveil Falls Road. Additional secondary road closures are also ongoing in the areas under mandatory evacuation orders, including along Anderson Valley, Foresta, River, Summit, and Old Yosemite roads. These closures will likely change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility due to poor air quality from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Ferguson Fire is approximately 100 km (60 miles) east of Modesto and north of Fresno.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; delays due to road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.


Resources
Ferguson Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov



Update 4:
 
Ferguson Fire grows in Mariposa County, Calif., US, July 30. Parts of Yosemite National Park closed through at least Aug. 3.

Locations affected by this alert: Fresno, California, Modesto, California

This alert began 07/30/2018 21:14 UTC and is scheduled to expire 08/03/2018 23:59 UTC.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Mariposa County, California
  • Start Date: July 13
  • Impact: Evacuations; ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary 

Firefighters continue to battle the Ferguson Fire, which is growing near Yosemite National Park. As of July 30, the fire had burned approximately 22,930 hectares (56,659 acres) and was 30-percent contained. Crews are focusing on the southeastern quadrant of the fire to keep the complex from spreading into Yosemite National Park and populated regions to the south of the park. 

Although residents in the Westfall Road area have been permitted to return to their homes, the following mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect:

  • Areas along Incline and Old Yosemite roads
  • The Ponderosa Basin subdivisions
  • Cedar Lodge/Indian Flat Campground
  • El Portal
  • Rancheria Flat
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Foresta
  • Yosemite West
  • Anderson Valley

Authorities have established an emergency shelter at the Mariposa Elementary School. Officials have also closed the Yosemite Valley and Wawona areas of Yosemite National Park, as well as the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias; if conditions permit, these park sections are expected to reopen Aug. 3. 

Over 3,700 personnel are on site assisting with firefighting operations; however, much of the active perimeter is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire has resulted in two firefighter fatalities; at least seven other personnel have been injured by the blaze. The Ferguson Fire has destroyed only one nonresidential structure since it began July 13; however, over 5,200 other structures remain threatened by the blaze. 

Transport 

The wildfire has resulted in localized transport disruptions in parts of Mariposa County. Authorities have closed SR-140 between Midpines and the Yosemite National Park boundary; SR-41 (Wawona Road) is also closed between Chilnualna Falls Road and Bridalveil Falls Road. Additional secondary road closures are also ongoing in the areas under mandatory evacuation orders, including along Triangle Road, Harris Road, Chowchilla Mountain Road, and all roads within the Ponderosa Basin subdivision. Road closures will likely change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility due to poor air quality from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Ferguson Fire is approximately 100 km (60 miles) east of Modesto and north of Fresno.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. 

Resources
Ferguson Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov


Update 3: 

Evacuations expand near Ferguson Fire in Mariposa, Calif., US, July 25. Parts of Yosemite National Park closed through July 29.

Locations affected by this alert: Fresno, California, Modesto, California

This alert began 07/25/18 18:18 UTC and is scheduled to expire 08/01/18 23:59 UTC.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Mariposa County, California
  • Start Date: July 13
  • Impact: Evacuations; ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.


Summary
Officials have expanded mandatory evacuations and closed portions of Yosemite National Park as crews continue to battle the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County, California. As of July 25, the fire had burned approximately 15,590 hectares (38,522 acres) of land and remained 25-percent contained. The following mandatory evacuation orders are in effect:

  • Residents along parts of Incline, Jerseydale, Old Yosemite, East Westfall, Triangle, and Top Top roads
  • The Ponderosa Basin and Lushmeadows subdivisions
  • Cedar Lodge/Indian Flat Campground
  • Sweetwater Ridge
  • El Portal
  • Rancheria Flat
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Foresta
  • Yosemite West
  • Anderson Valley

Authorities have established an emergency shelter at the New Life Christian Fellowship in Mariposa. Authorities have ordered the closure of the Yosemite Valley and Wawona areas, as well as the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, to establish containment lines to protect the Yosemite National Forest. Park visitors will be required to vacate these sections of the park by 1200 July 25; access will be prohibited through at least July 29, and possibly longer.

Over 3,300 personnel are on site assisting with firefighting operations; however, much of the active perimeter is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire has resulted in one firefighter fatality; six other personnel have been injured by the blaze. The Ferguson Fire has destroyed only one nonresidential structure since it began July 13; however, nearly 3,500 other structures remain threatened by the blaze. 

Transport
The Ferguson Fire has resulted in localized transport disruptions in parts of Mariposa County. Authorities have closed SR-140 between Midpines and the Yosemite National Park boundary; starting at 1200 July 25, access to Yosemite Park will be further restricted as crews cordon off SR-41 (Wawona Road). Additional secondary road closures are also ongoing in the areas under mandatory evacuation orders. Road closures will likely change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility due to poor air quality from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Ferguson Fire is approximately 100 km (60 miles) east of Modesto and north of Fresno.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. 

Resources
Ferguson Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov


Update 2:
Containment of Ferguson Fire increases near Mariposa, Calif., US, July 24. Evacuations maintained near Yosemite National Park.

Locations affected by this alert: Fresno, California, Modesto, California

This alert began 07/24/18 20:09 UTC and expired 07/25/18 17:18 UTC. 

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Mariposa County, California
  • Start Date: July 13
  • Impact: Evacuations; ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary
Firefighters have made some progress in containing the Ferguson Fire, which continues to burn near the Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California. As of July 24, the fire had burned approximately 14,806 hectares (36,587 acres) of land and was 25-percent contained. Over 3,300 personnel are on site assisting with firefighting operations; however, much of the active perimeter is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire has resulted in one firefighter fatality; six other personnel have been injured by the blaze. The Ferguson Fire has destroyed only one nonresidential structure since it began on July 13; however, nearly 3,500 other structures remain threatened by the blaze. 

Due to the proximity of the wildfire, authorities maintain mandatory evacuation orders along Incline and Old Yosemite roads and in the communities of El Portal, Foresta, Yosemite West, Anderson Valley, Yosemite View Lodge, Cedar Lodge, Mariposa Pines, Jerseydale, and Sweetwater Ridge. Yosemite National Park remains open to the public; however, some areas near the park have been placed on evacuation advisories, and nearby residents are urged to prepare to leave the area quickly if fire behavior changes in the coming days. Authorities have established an emergency shelter at the New Life Christian Fellowship in Mariposa. 

Transport
Although the Ferguson Fire is burning in a fairly remote area, some transport disruptions are likely as crews attempt to control the wildfire complex. Authorities have closed SR-140 between Midpines and the Yosemite National Park boundary, cutting off a vital access route to the park. Anticipate the status of SR-140, and possible road closures within the wildfire complex and evacuated communities, to change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility due to poor air quality from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Ferguson Fire is approximately 100 km (60 miles) east of Modesto and north of Fresno.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. 

Resources
Ferguson Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov


Update 1:
Ferguson Fire grows in Mariposa County, Calif., US, July 19. Crews make limited containment progress; heed evacuation orders.

Locations affected by this alert: Fresno, California, Modesto, California

This alert began 07/19/18 18:57 UTC and expired 07/23/18 23:59 UTC. 

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Mariposa County, California
  • Start Date: July 13
  • Impact: Evacuations; ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary
Firefighters continue to battle the Ferguson Fire, which is burning in steep terrain near the Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California. As of July 19, the fire has grown to approximately 8,515 hectares (21,041 acres) and is only 7-percent contained. Crews continue to erect containment lines ahead of the fire's active perimeter and are working to protect the communities of Jerseydale and Mariposa Pines. The fire has resulted in one firefighter fatality; two other personnel members were injured by the blaze. The Ferguson Fire has not damaged or destroyed any structures as of July 19. 

Weather conditions on July 19 could result in additional growth and erratic fire behavior near the wildfire complex. Gusty surface winds from nearby thunderstorms, hot temperatures, and low humidity could hamper containment efforts throughout the day.

Due to the proximity of the wildfire, authorities maintain mandatory evacuation orders along Incline Road (from Clearing House to Foresta Bridge) and in the communities of Briceburg, Cedar Lodge, Mariposa Pines, Jerseydale, and Sweetwater Ridge. Yosemite National Park remains open to the public; however, some areas near the park have been placed on evacuation advisories and are urged to prepare to quickly leave the area if fire behavior changes in the coming days. An emergency shelter has been established at the New Life Christian Fellowship in Mariposa. 

Transport
Although the Ferguson Fire is burning in a fairly remote area, some transport disruptions are likely as crews attempt to control the wildfire complex. Authorities have closed SR-140 between Midpines and El Portal, cutting off a vital access route to Yosemite National Park. Anticipate the status of SR-140, and possible road closures within the wildfire complex and evacuated communities, to change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility due to poor air quality from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Ferguson Fire is approximately 100 km (60 miles) east of Modesto and north of Fresno.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. 

Resources
Ferguson Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov