Extensive mop-operations and patrol of the fire lines will continue. Contingency lines are being repaired to reduce erosion.
Drivers: please slow and allow large fire equipment to pass. Road Closures:
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is available to assist private landowners with rehabilitating property affected by the fire. Fore more information, contact: 209-966-3431, or: www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.
Evacuations remain in effect for Buckingham Mountain Rd and Carter Rd.
There is a combination of hand and dozer line around the north end of the fire. At this time, backburn operations continue to burn successfully. The fire area continues to generate interior heat and areas of smoke. On the southwest side of the fire, the fire continues to back downslope toward the constructed dozer lines burning pockets of green fuel between the fire line and the fire. This is favorable for containment goals.
The fire has been determined to be human caused. An unattended campfire was not fully extinguished. Continued vigilance and fire safety during dry forest conditions is required.
Please be aware of large fire equipment on local roads – slow down when passing fire crews.
Based on public need, the Red Cross is closing their evacuee site tonight. Road Closures:
Acreage change is a result of on the ground GPS mapping.
*** As of Tuesday night at 8 p.m. residents have been allowed back into the Lushmeadow area, ID required ***
There is a combination of hand and dozer line around the north end of the fire; firefighters are improving the line while mop-up actions continue. The Jerseydale area continues to generate interior heat and areas of smoke. On the southwest side of the fire, the fire continues to back downslope toward the constructed dozer lines burning pockets of green fuel between the fire line and the fire. This is favorable for containment goals.
Evacuation centers have been established for displaced residents and livestock and pets. Residential evacuation center is the Mariposa Elementary School, and animal evacuation center is at the Mariposa Fairground. Road Closures:
*** After 8 p.m. approx. 700 residents will be allowed back into the Lushmeadow area, ID required ***
There is a combination of hand and dozer line around the north end of the fire; firefighters are improving the line while mopup actions continue. The biggest growth for the fire has been in the Jerseydale and Hites Cove areas. Lowered temperatures overnight have helped with making progress. If temperatures are similar tonight, continued gains are expected. On the southwest side of the fire, the fire backed downslope toward the constructed dozer lines burning pockets of green fuel between the fire line and the fire. This is favorable for containment goals.
Evacuation centers have been established for displaced residents and livestock and pets. Residential evacuation center is the Mariposa Elementary School, and animal evacuation center is at the Mariposa Fairground.
6 P.M. Update on Carstens Fire from Sierra National Forest:
1880 acres burned; 40% contained; 500 structures threatened. Combo of hand and dozer line on north end of fire.
If weather patterns continue on the Carstens this evening, positive gains are expected overnight. Biggest growth of fire in Jerseydale area.
The fire is exhibiting extreme fire behavior, to include fire whirls and strong adverse winds. The biggest challenges facing firefighters today will be the predicted low relative humidity and windy conditions and down canyon winds.
The fire was determined to be human caused. It was the result of an escaped campfire. This underscores the need for continued vigilance and fire safety during these dry forest conditions. Further investigations are being conducting.
Carstens Fire Last Updated: June 17, 2013 7:45 P.M.
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit / Sierra National Forest
Updated at 5:50 P.M. EMERGENCY EVACUATION ORDERED:
Update from Sheriff Binnewies:
June 17, 2013 1630 PM UPDATE
The following is updated information regarding the Carstens Fire in Mariposa County. This message was recorded June 17 at 3 PM.
THE LUSHMEADOWS SUBDIVISION HAS NOT BEEN EVACUATED
NO STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN LOST
NO MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR AREAS SOUTH OF TRIANGLE RD.
Lushmeadows is on a PREEVACUATION ADVISORY ONLY
If, in the event an evacuation order becomes necessary, you will be contacted by Law Enforcement personnel.
AS OF 6/16 the Jerseydale area there were 154 residences evacuated / approx. 400 people moved from area.
The 6/16 – 6/17 night time evacuation of Triangle Road north / north east from s/r 140 to Darrah produced 296 evacuation notices.
Numerous small and large animals moved to Fairgrounds which includes; 26 horses, 16 sheep, 4 goats, one rabbit and chickens. 21 dogs and 10 cats are being kenneled at the ACO facility.
Road Closures: Jerseydale Road and all in that community are closed due to evacuation
Carter Road is closed due to evacuation
Buckingham Road is closed due to evacuation
Carstens Road is closed; allowing emergency and residents only
Today 40 mutual aid Law Enforcement Officers are assisting the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office with security and services to the affected fire areas. They are working in partnership with sheriff’s deputies to ensure public safety.
Please refrain from traveling Triangle Road in the area between S/R 140 and Darrah Road if at all possible. This is to allow public safety the safest possible environment to work in.
An evacuation center has been established at the Mariposa Elementary School located at 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa. Domestic animals are allowed at this shelter.
The Mariposa County Fairgrounds Animal Shelter for large animals and livestock has also been opened.
A Health Alert has also been issued regarding the expectation of increased smoke and ash.
This Health Alert is in effect until revised as conditions warrant.
Carstens Fire Information Line is 209-966-4784.
For ongoing updates and information, you may call 966-1133 or 888-966-1133 or visit the Mariposa County Website at www.mariposacounty.org.
This message will be updated as information changes.
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Doug Binnewies, Sheriff-Coroner
Fire has jumped Buckingham Mtn., (See picture)
1:05 P.M. Update from Sheriff Binnewies:
The evacuation center set up at Mariposa Elementary School (5044 Jones Street) is now allowing domestic animals in room 22.
Up-Date: 10:25 A.M. CalFire Update
The Carstens Fire is at an Estimated Containment of 900 acres and is 15% contained.
There are approx. 150 residents (structures) threatened.
Evacuations for Hites Cove, Jerseydale, Clarks Valley, Triangle Rd. and Scott Rd.
Road Closures: Hwy 140 at Triangle Road, Carlton at Triangle Road, Silva at Triangle Road and Darrah at Triangle Road. Cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
Cooperating Agencies: CALFIRE, US Forest Service and Mariposa County
Total Fire Personnel: 700+
Total Fire Engines: 143
Total Fire crews: 11
Total Helicopters: 2
Total Dozers: 21
Total Water Tenders: 4