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Updated July 28 at 7:26 p.m

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About 900 people remain evacuated because of the oak fire burning between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park, up from more than 3,000 on Sunday.

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said in a community briefing Thursday night that more areas could reopen as firefighters continue to gain ground in the fire, which is 42% contained. The wildfire started near Midpines, about 90 minutes east of Modesto.

But he warned that some areas hit by the fire suffered “total devastation”. The fire destroyed 135 buildings, including 90 houses. Another 641 buildings are at risk, up from more than 2,000 before the fire.

Cal Fire will hold a community meeting Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Mariposa County High School. It will be streamed live on the Cal Fire Mader-Mariposa-Merced Facebook page.

Officials were able to reopen Highway 140 to Yosemite on Tuesday. Although some additional evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday, many remain in place. You can find an evacuation map here.

Miriam Allen is one of the evacuees. She resides at Mariposa Elementary School with her husband and their 10-year-old grandchild, who is visiting from Oregon. Allen says she saw the fire before leaving her home on Friday.

“It was interesting to watch these big blazes and trees because you could hear them popping, especially the pines because of the resin,” she said Tuesday. “So I saw a tree, literally the top part came off and it was on fire.”

Smoke from the oak fire has blanketed communities in the Sierra Nevada and foothills but is expected to be pushed away from Sacramento. Visit airnow.gov for the latest air quality forecasts for your area.

Firefighters were making progress on the Washburn fire burning in the park, which was 95% contained as of Thursday night.

Yosemite National Park officials say visitors will be banned from lighting bonfires in some areas of the park to reduce the risk of starting new wildfires as firefighters have been battling a blaze since last week.

This post will be updated with the latest information on these fires as it becomes available. Sign up for emergency alerts in your county to be notified of evacuation warnings and orders.

Here are the fires we follow. Click here to get more information:

Here are some resources for preparing for barrel fires and following fire information:


oak fire

counties: butterfly

Where to get information

July 28 Cal Fire community meeting

Cultivation area and containment

At 7 p.m. on July 28, this fire was 42% contained and had burned 19,191 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

Writhing Fire

counties: Yuba

Where to get information

Cultivation area and containment

By 7:00 p.m. on July 26, this fire was 100% contained and had burned 82 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

Washburn fire

counties: Mariposa (Yosemite National Park)

Where to get information

Cultivation area and containment

At 7:13 p.m. on July 28, this fire was 95% contained and had burned 4,883 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

Electra fire

counties: Amador, Calaveras

Where to get information

Cultivation area and containment

By 7 a.m. July 28, this fire was 100% contained and had burned 4,478 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

Fully contained fires

rice fire

  • Dates: June 28 – July 11
  • Total area: 904 hectares

Sandra Feuer

  • Dates: June 30 – July 3
  • Total area: 34 hectares

Nelson Fire

  • Dates: June 30 – July 1
  • Total area: 250


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