Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Clovis, CA 93611
Engines: 241 Water Tenders: 47 Helicopters: 18 Crews: 94 Dozers: 63 Total Personnel: 3,686
Persistently warm and dry conditions, coupled with poor overnight humidity recovery, created conditions for active fire behavior throughout the day. The Ferguson Fire grew by 3,054 acres throughout the day to a total of 41,576 acres as of 6 p.m.. Containment is at 26 percent.
A mass of dry air moved over the fire Tuesday evening, keeping humidity levels exceptionally low throughout the night. About 1 a.m., mild wind gusts caused isolated spot fires in dry and heavy fuels outside the fire’s southern perimeter, prompting new evacuation orders.
Firefighters were able to construct containment lines using bulldozers to flank both sides of the fire that had slopped over the containment line.
Lushmeadows residents north of Triangle Road from Vista Lago to East Westfall Road, and all side roads to the north, as well as the north side of East Westfall Road to Old Mill Road, and all side roads to the north, began receiving mandatory evacuation notices around 5 a.m. Evacuation orders later expanded to the Ponderosa Basin subdivision.
Residents south of Highway 49 South from Stumpfield Mountain Road east to the Mariposa-Madera County Line, including Kemble, Stumpfield Mountain and Watt Roads were placed under an evacuation advisory.
Elsewhere on the fire, firefighters worked to complete a containment line from the Merced River north along Montgomery Ridge to tie into the area previously burned by the 2013 Rim Fire. Crews also worked to complete a containment line between Eagle Peak and El Portal along the northeast portion of the fire.
Firefighters improved containment lines and fell hazard trees around Wawona Campground southeast of the fire perimeter. Crews also continued mopping up hot spots and patrolling structures southwest of the fire as residents were allowed to return to portions of Jerseydale and Mariposa Pines.
Yosemite National Park closure: Yosemite National Park officials enacted closures today for the Yosemite Valley and Wawona areas, as well as the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. For information on Yosemite National Park, go to: nps.gov/yose or call 209-372-0200.
Community Meetings: Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office will present an overview of the current situation and containment efforts at two upcoming community meetings:
· Mariposa: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, Sequoia Hall.
· Groveland: 6 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Tenaya Elementary School.
· Anderson Valley
· Cedar Lodge/Indian Flat Campground
· East Westfall Road to Chowchilla mountain Road, and all side roads
· El Portal Trailer Court
· Incline Road from Foresta Bridge to the last BLM campground
· Lushmeadows Community
· Old El Portal
· Old Yosemite Road
• Ponderosa Basin Community
• Rancheria Flat – Government Housing
• Savage’s Trading Post
• Sweetwater Ridge
• Tip Top Road from Triangle Road to Gunther Road, including Gunther Road
• Triangle Road from Darrah Road in the Lushmeadows area to Highway 49 South, and all side roads
• Yosemite View Lodge
• Yosemite West
Advisory Evacuations: This is NOT an Evacuation Order. This is an advisement only of a potential Evacuation Order should conditions change.
• East side of Highway 49 South from Darrah Road to Triangle Road. This includes Boyer Road, Woodland Area, Wass Road and Tip Top Road.
• Highway 49 South from Stumpfield Mountain Road to the Mariposa-Madera County Line, including Kemble Road, Stumpfield Mountain Road and Watt Road
• Miami Community
• Bootjack Community
• Boyer Mesa
• Jerseydale Road from lower Best to Triangle Roads
• Darrah Road from Triangle Road to Sherrod Road
• Mariposa Pines: Jerseydale Road from Best Road to the end of Hites Cove Road
• Sweetwater Ridge
• Triangle Road from Jerseydale Road to Highway 49 South, including all side roads.
• Stumpfield Mesa
• Mariposa Pines
Road Closures:Highway 140 is closed from the entrance of Yosemite National Park to the entrance of the Bug Hostel at 6979 Highway 140. Incline Road, River Road from Briceburg to the gate at Railroad Flat and all Campground areas along Highway 140 closed. Hites Cove/Jerseydale Road, Foresta Road, Anderson Valley Road and Old Yosemite Road.
Triangle Road from Darrah Road to Highway 49 South; East Westfall Road.
Chowchilla Mountain Road at Highway 49 South, Harris Road at Highway 49 South, Tip Top Road from Triangle Road to Gunther Road, all roads inside the Lushmeadows subdivision, and all roads inside the Ponderosa Basin subdivision.
Wawona Road (Highway 41) between Chilnualna Falls Road in Wawona and Bridalveil Falls Road in Yosemite Valley.
Red Cross Shelters:
· Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones St., Mariposa, CA 95338
· Mountain Christian Center, 40299 CA-49, Oakhurst, CA 93644; no pets
· Small animals: Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones St., Mariposa, CA 95338.
· Large animals: 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, CA 95338.