Monday, August 29, 2011

South Central Sierra Interagency Update: Motor Fire w/ Map

Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park
Motor Fire Bear Yosemite National Park

Fire managers are very pleased with the incredibly hard work completed by firefighters yesterday and last night. The tactic of going direct - firefighters working along the fire when opportunities existed, have made a
difference in slowing the fire.
The use of the DC-10, heavy tanker provided an the opportunity to check the spread and provide the hand crews with opportunities.

South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team Fire Update #9
Motor Fire
Location: Hwy 140 near Cedar Lodge
Acres Burned: 4,755

Structures Threatened: 70
Containment: 35%

Structures Destroyed: 0
Fire Started: August 25,2011 12:30PM

Injuries: 0
Cause: Vehicle Fire
Total personnel assigned to the Fire: 818


The Motor Fire started August 25, 2011 at approximately 12:30pm on Hwy 140, along the Merced River and near Cedar Lodge. This fire is located in very steep, rugged terrain making access difficult. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on August 26, 2011.

Fire crews will continue to work on building containment lines around the fire today. Crews made good progress on the fire throughout the night. The fire was most active on the ease side. There were a couple of hot spots on the west side of the fire, other areas showed little activity. There was no movement on the north side of the fire. Air support will continue to help support crews through the day as needed.


Rancheria, Cedar Lodge, Incline, El Portal Trailer Village and campgrounds along Incline Road are under mandatory evacuations.
Old El Portal has been advised to prepare for evacuations.
A resource center is open at the Lutheran Church in Mariposa, California. The address is 4469 Highway 49 South Mariposa, California. The center hours are 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Highway 140 is closed
Stanislaus Forest Road 1S12 is closed from Yosemite Park Boundary to Five Corners.

Contact: Fire Information: (209) 372-0327 or (209) 372-0329

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