Rising brush fires prompt evacuations in Mariposa County


A brush fire in Mariposa County caused evacuations and road closures on Friday afternoon.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as of about 3:30 p.m., the oak fire was 60 acres and 0% contained.

Cal Fire said the fire started around 2 p.m. near Highway 140 and Carstens Road, Midpines.

According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, officials issued an evacuation order and closed the Carstens, Buckingham Mountain and Plumber Creek roads and Triangle Road to Highway 140.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kristy Mitchell said deputies had received reports of people trapped in the evacuation area, either without vehicles or otherwise not being able to go. Units were on the way to help them evacuate.

The Sheriff’s Office said an evacuation center has been set up at New Life Christian Fellowship at 5089 Coal Road.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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