Northern California wildfires: Where to find air quality updates, evacuations and official information

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Updated 7:31 a.m. July 24

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Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County due to the effects of the fast-moving Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park.

A spokesperson for the Sierra National Forest told The Associated Press that evacuation orders were put into effect on Saturday for more than 6,000 people living in the sparsely populated rural area. The wildfire started near Midpines, about 90 minutes east of Modesto. An evacuation map is available here.

The fire continued with “explosive” growth, doubling in size from Saturday to Sunday morning. At 14,281 acres, it’s now California’s largest wildfire so far this year. A community meeting will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at Mariposa County High School Gym, 5074 Old Highway N.

Smoke from the Oak Fire is expected to blanket the Sierra Nevada and foothills from early Sunday morning, according Sacramento National Weather Service.

Cal Fire called the fire activity “extreme” and at least 10 structures were destroyed, with photos from the area showing several homes caught in the blaze. About 2,693 structures were listed as threatened as of Sunday morning without fire containment.

“Explosive fire behavior is a challenge for firefighters,” Cal Fire wrote in the agency’s Saturday night update.

The wildfire closed Highway 140, which leads to Yosemite Valley. This is the second fire burning in the area. Mandatory evacuations are in place for several high-altitude communities east of Mariposa, including the Lushmeadows subdivision, which has a population of about 1,700.

Firefighters maintained the progress of the Washburn fire in the park, which was 79% contained by Sunday morning.

Yosemite National Park officials have said visitors will be banned from making campfires in certain areas of the park to reduce the threat of starting new wildfires, as firefighters have been battling a blaze for the week last.

Residents of the Wawona community began to return home over the weekend. IIncident Commander Josh Boehm said his only reservation about people returning home was air quality.

Check airnow.gov to get the latest air quality forecast for your area. Smoke from the Oak Fire is expected to move south and east from the fire Saturday, but could move into the Central Valley late Sunday through Monday.

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

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Here are some resources on how to prepare for wildfires and track fire information:


Fire Oak

Counties: Mariposa

Where to get information

Area and containment

As of 7 a.m. on July 24, this fire was 0% contained and had burned 14,281 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on the evacuations:

winding fire

Counties: Yuba

Where to get information

Area and containment

As of 3:13 p.m. on July 21, this fire was 95% contained and had burned 82 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on the evacuations:

Washburn Fire

Counties: Mariposa (Yosemite National Park)

Where to get information

Area and containment

As of 6:28 a.m. on July 23, this fire was 79% contained and had burned 4,856 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on the evacuations:

Electra Fire

Counties: Amador, Calaveras

Where to get information

Area and containment

As of 7 a.m. on July 21, this fire was 99% contained and had burned 4,478 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on the evacuations:

Fully contained fires

Rice Fire

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

Sandra Fire

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

Nelson’s Fire

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


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