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Oak Fire Update: 26% Contained, 25 Homes Destroyed



Firefighters mop up hot spots on Monday, July 25, 2022. They are part of Task Force Rattlesnake comprised of Cal Fire and California National Guard firefighters. (AP/Noah Berger)
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Nearly 3,000 firefighters and support crew members continued to tackle the Oak Fire, which has destroyed at least 25 homes, on Tuesday in Mariposa County.

The fire, which began Friday afternoon near Yosemite National Park, was 26% contained as of 9:30 a.m., Cal Fire officials said.

Thus far, it has consumed 18,087 acres (about 28 square miles) and destroyed 44 structures in all. More than 1,400 structures remain threatened.

“Fire crews continue providing structure defense, extinguishing hot spots, and building and improving direct lines,” Cal Fire’s update Tuesday morning said. “Persistent drought, critically dry fuels, and tree mortality continue to contribute to the fire’s spread.”

The update noted that crews got a break from increased humidity levels as monsoonal moisture moved through the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Residents affected by the Oak Fire listen to updates from fire officials during a community meeting in Mariposa County on Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP/Noah Berger)

An estimated 6,000 mountain area residents remained under evacuation orders.

You can view road closures, evacuation orders, and animal evacuation information at this link.

Washburn Fire Is 87% Contained

The Washburn Fire, which originated in Yosemite National Park, was reported as being 87% contained on Tuesday after burning for more than two weeks and moving into the Sierra National Forest.

The Oak Fire burns near Jerseydale in Mariposa County on July 23, 2022. (AP/Noah Berger)

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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