2013-06-13 / Front Page

Evacuations lifted for Lushmeadows area only

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

Some of those evacuated because of the Carstens Fire may start returning home in the next hour.

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies released the information at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, June 18, Lushmeadows subdivision and immediate area that was subject to evacuation order last evening will be lifted.  This includes the entirety of Darrah Road, Triangle Road south to East Westfall, encompassing the entire Lushmeadows subdivision, and area to the north/ north east that intersects with Triangle Road. Resident should be sure to bring some form of identification to the entry point that shows proof of residency as non-residents are not being allowed into the area at this time.

The following information was provided by the sheriff:

  • As of Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. the Carstens Fire is 40 percent contained. The fire burned 1,888 acres and no structures were damaged. Over 1,000 residents were asked to evacuate the area. There are still over 1,100 firefighters, 62 fire engines, 16 dozers and 30 law enforcement officers assigned to the incident.
  • At this time firefighters expect the fire to remain within the primary containment lines but there are no guarantees. Residents returning to their homes are urged to stay alert, take note of changing conditions and remain in communication with their neighbors.
  • Fire personnel are likely to be in the area working on mop up and patrolling the fire line for the next several weeks. 
  • Large fire apparatus, bulldozers on transports and other equipment are still using the roads within and adjacent to the fire. Please reduce your speed and take a little extra time to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • For the most part, residential electrical power remained on during the evacuation. If you return home and find any issues with your power contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
  • The fire area will not be safe to enter for many weeks. Fire weakens trees that can fall in any direction at any time. There may be stump holes filled with hot embers, and other hazards. Entry onto the burned areas is not recommended.
  • You may see some light smoke coming from the burned area. Light smoke that is well inside the burn in mild weather conditions should not be cause for concern. If you see heavy smoke or the smoke appears to be outside the containment lines call 911
  • Domestic livestock and Pets:
    • Domestic livestock and/or pets that are housed at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds can be retrieved between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m daily.
    • Animals housed at the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Animal Control Facility can be retrieved between 9 a.m.  and 5 p.m. beginning on June 19.  If assistance is required please telephone -742-4300.
  • Public Safety Officials are continuing to evaluate conditions in an effort to see that residents of the remaining evacuated areas can return home as soon as it is safe.
  • ***The Jerseydale / Mariposa Pines residential area continues to remain under evacuation order.

    ***The northern side of Triangle Road between Highway 140 and Jerseydale Road, including all north intersecting roads will remain under evacuation order.


    Sheriff Binnewies said all agencies are working hard to get everyone back home as quickly as possibly. 

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