Carstens Fire near Midpines burns 1,600 acres, 1,900 people evacuated


FIRE DETAILS - updated at 9:12 p.m. Monday 6/717/2013

Name: Carstens Fire
County: Mariposa County
Location: Off Carstens Rd., east of 140 in the Midpines area.

Fire Details: 1,600 acres - 15% containment
Structures Threatened: Approx. 150 Residence
Evacuations:1,900 people evacuated -- Hites Cove, Jerseydale, Clarks Valley, Triangle Rd. and Scott Rd. As of 6:17 PM, additional evacuations for Lush Meadows, east of West Fall Rd, Triangle Rd to Triangle Park Dr, Darrah Rd to North Valley View

Evacuation Center:
Mariposa Elementary School
Jose Street near 7th Street
Livestock, household pets, and other animals can be taken to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds

Read Closures: Triangle Road closed at Rt 140, Carlton at Triangle Road , Silva at Triangle Road and Darrah at Triangle Road.

Information Line: (209) 966-4784

Fire crews made many drops this evening to try get a handle on the mountains up in flames. So far the fire has ripped through more than 1,600 acres of rugged terrain. The aftermath is scorched trees, charred brush, and black burned soil.

Jarrod Twist and so many others who live near here are under mandatory evacuations now they hope to get their animals to safety. "We are just going to get the horse out of the way for now. We will hopefully be able to come back for the cows if they fire is not here."

Monday evening more than 800 firefighters were on the front lines. Their biggest challenge is the windy conditions and fast burning dry forest.

"The air tankers and helicopters are a wonderful addition. Every tool in the tool box helps," said Karen Guillemin, Cal Fire Spokesperson.

Action News reporters witnessed several firefighters chopping and spraying down burned trees to put out hotspots. Only miles way some are still finding shelter at mariposa elementary school.

"I'm okay, it's kind of blurry right now, a little scary right now, our kids are little are a little scared, we are just trying to stay strong for them," said Tammy Redfern, resident.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Mariposa Elementary School. If you have large animals you can take them to the Mariposa Fairgrounds.

There is a fire information line that will be answered again Tuesday morning starting at 6 a.m. The number is (209) 966-4784.


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