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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Telegraph Fire ~ 32,000+ Acres


By Al Golub, AP
Firefighters watch branches of the Telegraph fire converge near Greeley Hill, Calif. Tuesday.
(Photo Source: USA Today)



Telegraph Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: July 30, 2008 7:00 am
Date/Time Started: June 25, 2008, 3:15 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit
County: Mariposa County
Location: Telegraph Road and Sherlock Road in the Midpines Area.
Acres Burned: 32,063 acres
Containment 20% contained
Structures Threatened: 4,000 residences in the communities of Midpines, Briceburg, Mariposa, Greenley Hill, Coulterville, Bear Valley, and Mt. Bullion Camp
Structures Destroyed: 21 Residences and 32 Outbuildings
Injuries: 15 minor
Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations
Various roads between Mariposa, Midpines and Greeley Hill.
As of 12 p.m. the following roads are in the evacuation area: Texas Hill Rd., Dogtown Rd from Texas Hill Rd to Schilling Rd., Schilling Rd to Hwy 49N, Michaeloaks Rd. with road closure beginning at Hwy 49N.

Evacuation Warnings
Parts of the communities of Mariposa, Midpines, Greeley Hill, Coulterville, and Briceburg.

For the latest on evacuations contact (209) 966-1133.

Evacuation Center:
Mariposa Elementary School
5044 Jones St, Mariposa
Cause: Human (Target Shooting)
Estimated Cost: $13.9 million
Resources Committed : 3,790 Personnel (1,866 CAL FIRE)
443 Fire Engines
74 Hand Crews
65 Dozers
38 Watertenders
15 Helicopters
12 Airtankers
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Mariposa County Fire, Mariposa Sheriffs Department, BLM, USFS, National Park Service, OES, CCC, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Conditions:

The fire is burning in the Merced River Drainage, on both sides of the river. The fire is burning with a rapid rate of spread in multiple directions. Accessibility problems due to steep and rocky terrain.

Active fire behavior is being observed in all directions primarily on the south and east flanks.

The fire is causing partial and complete closures of Hwy 140 leading to the main entrance to Yosemite National Park. For the latest highway conditions visit Caltrans.

CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #8 is in command of the fire.

Download the latest fact sheet

Click Here to view a map of the fire

Phone Numbers: (209) 966-4784 or (209) 966-4785

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