Fire crews mopping up Spring Fire after it forced evacuations in Mariposa County

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On Monday, the fire burned a little more than 220 acres and remained at 15 percent contained with no flames in sight. (KFSN)

The flames are out, but many residents are still evacuated while hundreds of fire crews in Mariposa County work to wrap up the Spring Fire.

Fire officials say there aren't any flames at this point, but there are still several hot spots they're monitoring. Since the fire started Sunday, they've had more than 500 fire officials working along with air control.

They're still monitoring the area and making sure it's completely safe before residents can go back home. On Monday, the fire burned a little more than 220 acres and remained at 15 percent contained with no flames in sight.

"We are still out there, going around structures, making sure there's no threat, making sure nothing's going to pop up around the structure," Robert Carvalho with Cal Fire explained. "Just mitigating everything so we have good containment."

The blaze started Sunday afternoon and threatened nearby structures and causing evacuations to nearby neighborhoods. More than 500 fire officials from Cal Fire worked to put out the fire. Crews came from all over the state.

The Red Cross opened their shelter shortly after the fire started. They had more than 20 residents stop by with 11 spending the night on Sunday.

They plan to downgrade from a shelter to an evacuation center.

"We plan to close tomorrow at 2 p.m.," Jessica Piffero with the Red Cross said. "That is unless something changes with the fire, and there are more evacuations issues."
Melinda Wass lives with her family along Allred Road - one of the areas evacuated. She says they left their home on Sunday shortly after the fire started.

"We looked out the window and there was this huge smoke out the window," she said. "And we're like, 'we better get our stuff.'"

Fire officials say the Allred area remains closed, and Highway 49 has been reduced to a single lane as fire crews continue to monitor the charred land, hoping to prevent the fire from flaring back up.

Fire officials say PG&E crews were out here to restore power to some of those areas evacuated, however, they do not have a time on when those evacuation orders will be lifted.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

SPRING FIRE INFORMATION:

Updated 7/3/2017 at 7:15 a.m.
Acres Burned - Containment
225 acres - 15% contained, Forward progress stopped

Location
Off Hwy 49 and Allred Road, south of Mariposa
Road Closures

HWY 49 will be open to one lane escorted traffic throughout the day. It will close again this evening at 8 PM. Allred Rd. at Morningstar Ln. and Ashworth Rd.at Grist Rd. remain closed.

Evacuations
Silva Rd, Carleton Rd, Morningstar Ln., lower Ashworth from Grist to Old Oak Rd. are open. Evacuations are still in effect for Grist, Ashworth from the Grist intersection to Hwy 49s and Allred from Hwy 49s to Morningstar. Residents are required to enter into the Old Oak Ln./Lower Ashworth area via Ben Hur Rd. Power is likely to be out in some areas.

Indian Peak Rd. an evacuation advisory has been lifted.

Power is likely to be out in some areas.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Woodland School located at 3394 Woodland Drive in Mariposa.

Conditions

Firefighters on the ground are actively working to contain and suppress the fire.

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