Rapidly Growing Oak Fire Prompts Evacuations

The fast-growing Oak Fire prompted evacuations in California’s Mariposa County late on Friday, July 22, after it grew to nearly 5,800 acres before midnight.

Video posted to Twitter by resident Samantha Weber showed a large plume of orange smoke above the hills outside her property near Darrah.

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders and road closures for several roads in the area shortly after the fire began on Friday afternoon.

Cal Fire recorded the fire incident at 2:10 pm local time on Friday afternoon. By 10:30 pm the fire covered 4,350 acres with 0% containment, growing by almost 1,500 acres to reach 5,712 acres by 11:45 pm.

Weber, whose social media profile says she is a conservation biologist, said she was preparing to evacuate, and later told Storyful that her family, including the cat, were safe “many miles away” from the blaze. Credit: Samantha Weber via Storyful

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