Updated 7/29/22 at 11:04 am PST
The Oak Fire started Friday, July 27 on Carstens Road near Highway 140 in the town of Midpines. As of this morning, Oak Fire stands at 19,244 acres with 72% containment and Highway 140 has reopened.
Highway 140 which takes travelers from the towns of Merced, Mariposa and Midpines to the western entrance of Yosemite and El Portal has reopened as of Tuesday, July 26. For people using that corridor, please drive carefully. There are still a number of emergency vehicles traveling through the area.
In Yosemite National Park, the town of Wawona, its lodging and services reopened as of July 28. Wawona has been closed to visitors since July 8 when the town was evacuated due to the Washburn Fire. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Wawona Campground will remain closed until further notice. As of today, the Washburn Fire is 91% contained.
Air quality in Yosemite National Park and the surrounding areas is being impacted. We recommend viewing the Yosemite webcams to see what the situation is like. Websites such as Purpleair.com also provide great real-time AQI information for the region.
For those of you that have visited Mariposa County before, you’ve likely encountered our warm, inviting and caring locals that are always quick to greet you with a smile and offer tips to make the most out of your visit. Now, those same people need your help.
To date, 77 residences have been lost to the Oak Fire. Two more were lost during the recent Agua Fire, which is now fully contained. Those families need our help to rebuild. Here are two ways to support.