Oak Fire destroys more than 100 homes in Mariposa County

Oak Fire destroys more than 100 homes in Mariposa County

‘This was really aggressive fire behaviour’: Over 100 homes destroyed as the Oak Fire tears through Mariposa County

Containment surpassing 50% has now allowed CalFire damage inspection teams the chance to assess the thousands of properties in the fire’s path.



DETAILS. CALFIRE IS GAINING GROUND ON THE OAK FIRE IN MARIPOSA COUNTY, BUT TODAY WE ARE GETTING A BETTER LOOK AT THE DESTRUCTION LEFT BEHIND WITH MORE THAN 100 HOMES LOST. I AM MELANIE WINGO IN THE FOR BRITTANY HOPE. THE OAK FIRE ONCE BURNING OUT OF CONTROL LAST WEEKEND IS MORE THAN HALFWAY CONTAINED. HERE ARE THE LATEST NUMBERS. WE KNOW AROUND 900 PEOPLE REMAIN EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES, AND AROUND 2000 EVACUEES HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RETURN HOME. AT LAST CHECK, THE FIRE HAS BURNED NEARLY 20,000 ACRES. IT IS 52% CONTAINED, AND THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. CAL FIRE SAYS OF THE MORE THAN 160 STRUCTURES DESTROYED, MANY OF THEM ARE HOMES. WHILE CONTAINMENT HAS GROWN SIGNIFICANTLY, HUNDREDS OF HOMES ARE STILL THREATENED. ERIN HEFT SHOWED US WHAT THINGS LOOKED LIKE AT THE FIRE LINES. ERIN: THE LARGEST AND MOST DESTRUCTIVE FIRE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, 50% CONTAINED, BUT IN ITS PATH, VALLEYS OF DESTRUCTION. FLAMES TEARING THROUGH MARIPOSA COUNTY, THIS VIDEO SHOT EXACTLY A WEEK AGO, THE OAK FIRE HAS BURNED OVER 19,000 ACRES. TODAY THIS IS WHAT THE OAK FIRE , LEFT BEHIND. IN ITS PATH, 168 BUILDINGS DESTROYED. >> REALLY AGGRESSIVE FIRE BEHAVIOR HAPPENED ON THAT MOUNTAIN. ERIN: THIS PROPERTY WE ARE STANDING ON, HISTORICAL, BECAUSE THIS VISTA HAS ALLOWED FIRE CREWS TO DEFEND THESE RIDGES FROM DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES FOR DECADES. IT IS THE FAMILIAL PROPERTY OF DEREK PARKER. >> YOU CAN SEE THE FIRE HERE. IT IS VERY WELL LAID OUT. ERIN: PARKER IS NOW FIRE CHIEF FOR THE CITY OF MERCED. HE SAID IT IS THROUGH EFFORTS HERE THAT COUNTLESS EFFORTS HAVE — COUNTLESS HOMES HAVE BEEN SAVED. >> THERE ARE HOME SCATTERED THROUGHOUT HERE. THERE ARE HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS OF HOMES. ERIN: THE BURN SCAR IN THE DISTANCE, PARKER SAYS HIS — HE IS ASSISTED BY DRONES FOR COMMUNICATION. >> WHEN YOU ARE UP HERE, YOU HAVE THE BEST COMMUNICATIONS EVER. ERIN: HIS MOTHER’S HOME HERE, JUST DOWN THE HILL. >> THE FIRST TIME TO SEE WHERE THE FIRE PROGRESSED TOO, I LOOKED ON THE MAP, AND I SAID, IT MADE IT TO MY MOMS HOUSE. ERIN: THE HOME SAVED, BUT BARELY. >> YOU CAN SEE THE FIRE BURNED UNDERNEATH THE DECK HERE. ERIN: ONE OF THE MANY CHALLENGES FACING FIRE CREWS IS FINDING THE MANY HOMES THAT PEOPLE HAVE BUILT IN THESE HOMES THAT ARE NOT ON THE MAP, SIFTING THROUGH WHAT HAS BEEN LEFT BEHIND. CALFIRE DAMAGE INSPECTION TEAMS WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH PARCEL BY PARCEL TO SEE WHICH HOMES MADE IT THROUGH AND WHICH ONES DIDN’T. ERIN HEFT, KCRA 3 NEWS. MELANIE: AT LA

‘This was really aggressive fire behaviour’: Over 100 homes destroyed as the Oak Fire tears through Mariposa County

Containment surpassing 50% has now allowed CalFire damage inspection teams the chance to assess the thousands of properties in the fire’s path.

Burning over nine days, the Oak Fire has now destroyed over 160 structures, most of which are homes, according to officials.Containment surpassing 50% has now allowed Cal Fire damage inspection teams the chance to assess the thousands of properties in the fire’s path. The Oak Fire has burned over 19,200 acres with evacuations still in place.KCRA was escorted on Saturday by Cal Fire and Merced Fire through the hills and valleys torn through by flame.” “When you get into the hills communication is always difficult, but when you ‘re up here you have the best communications ever,” said Derek Parker, Fire Chief for Merced.Parker, formally with Sacramento Fire Department for over 20 years, has offered his familial property in Mariposa County as a vantage point to fire crews.” There’s homes scatter all throughout here, hundreds if not thousands in this valley,” said Parker looking over his family’s property vista.The Parker family property is used not only for the Oak Fire but also for the Ferguso n Fire, as a communication hub for Cal Fire drones and personnel.The Oak Fire is currently being referred to by fire crews as the “first and most destructive fire in California of the year.”

Burning over nine days, the Oak Fire has now destroyed over 160 structures, most of which are homes, according to officials.

Containment surpassing 50% has now allowed Cal Fire damage inspection teams the chance to assess the thousands of properties in the fire’s path.

The Oak Fire has burned over 19,200 acres with evacuations still in place.

KCRA was escorted on Saturday by Cal Fire and Merced Fire through the hills and valleys torn through by flame.

“When you get into the hills communication is always difficult, but when you’re up here you have the best communications ever,” said Derek Parker, Fire Chief for Merced.

Parker, formally with Sacramento Fire Department for over 20 years, has offered his familial property in Mariposa County as a vantage point to fire crews.

“There’s homes scatter all throughout here, hundreds if not thousands in this valley,” said Parker looking over his family’s property vista.

The Parker family property is used not only for the Oak Fire but also for the Ferguson Fire, as a communication hub for Cal Fire drones and personnel.

The Oak Fire is currently being referred to by fire crews as the “first and most destructive fire in California of the year.”

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