Calaveras County, CA — Cal Fire reports firefighters are making progress on the Oak Fire.
Cal Fire Spokesperson Nancy Longmore says, “The blaze is 80 to 100 acres and 50% contained. Also, one outbuilding has been destroyed.” Longmore adds the rate of spread remains moderate.
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has evacuated five homes on Riata Way. Deputies made those evacuations around 4:30 this afternoon. An evacuation shelter has been opened at the Copperopolis Elementary School at 217 School Street in Copperopolis. Also, power lines in the area remain threatened.
A traffic alert has been issued to motorists to avoid Pool Station Road, and Riata Way, to Highway 4 for the next few hours due to the fire activity. In addition, Pool Station Road at the Highway 4 intersection is closed. CHP Officers are directing traffic in the fire area.
Air and ground resources are on scene including 331 firefighters, 30 engines, 13 fire crews, 7 water tenders, 5 dozers, 4 air tankers, 3 helicopters and Air Attack.
Assisting in battling the blaze are Central Fire, Mokelumne Hill Fire, San Andreas Fire, Angels Fire, Copperopolis Fire, Altaville/New Melones Fire, PG&E, CHP, Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
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