UPDATE: Oliver Fire 70% Contained

July 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Tuesday Morning Update: Firefighters continue to get a handle on the Oliver Fire in the Ponderosa Basin of Mariposa County.It now covers nearly 2,800 acres, but firefighters have it 70% percent contained. Full containment is expected by July 5, 2008.

About a dozen families who were forced to evacuate are now back in their homes. There is still an evacuation warning for Aurora Road, Standard Mill Road and the 5,100 block to 6,100 block of Chowchilla Mountain Road (approximately 47 homes). Chowchilla Mountain Road east of Westfall Road is open to residents only with proof of residency.

The fire spread has slowed, however the fire continues backing in steep inaccessible terrain. There are areas of unburned vegetation within the interior of the fire area that continue to ignite and burn. Mop-up of the large fuels is a slow and tedious process. As fire suppression activity diminishes, demobilization of some firefighters is occurring.

Residents and visitors to the foothill and mountain area are reminded that fireworks are not allowed due to high fire danger. Residents are asked to take responsibility for living in the wildlands by creating and maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.


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