Awahanee, CA, July 30, 2018 – Evacuation Orders for the East Westfall Road Area were lifted at 9 a.m. today. These areas will remain under a Fire Advisement. Areas within a Fire Advisement have the potential of falling under an Evacuation Order should conditions change. The East Westfall area will include all homes on East Westfall Road from Triangle Road to Chowchilla Mountain Road, including all side roads. Fire Advisements for Vista Lago, Monte Vista and Triangle Road from East Westfall Road to Highway 49 South, including all side roads, have been lifted.
The Ferguson Fire now in its 18th day, started July 13 on the Sierra National Forest and is managed under unified command between the United States Forest Service, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, CALFIRE and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Much of the fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with little to no access roads. Mandatory and advisory evacuations are in place in several areas but no homes have been damaged or destroyed.
The fire is now 57,041 acres with 30% containment and 3,638 personnel that are currently engaged on the fire which include 219 engines, 46 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 93 crews, 5 masticators and 72 dozers. There has been 2 fatalities and 7 injuries to date. 1 structure has been destroyed.
Yosemite National Park announces Yosemite Valley will reopen to all visitors at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018. Limited visitor services will be available inside Yosemite Valley, including campgrounds, lodging, and food service operations. Due to continuing firefighting operations along the Wawona Road, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Wawona Road (Highway 41) from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park to Tunnel View will remain closed until further notice. For information on Yosemite National Park, go to: nps.gov/yose or call 209-372-0200.