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Update: Firefighters Gaining Upper Hand On Agua Fire

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Update at 8:45am: CAL Fire reports that progress was made overnight in building control lines around the Agua Fire in Mariposa County.

It is now 343 acres and the containment has increased to 20 percent.

The CAL Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit reports, “Fire activity on the Agua Fire remained active throughout the night within the fire perimeter. Firefighters worked hard throughout the night constructing and reinforcing control lines. Mop-up efforts have begun.”

The earlier announced evacuation orders and advisements still remain in place.

Original story posted at 6:20am: Mariposa, CA — A large fire ignited in Mariposa County yesterday, on Highway 140 near Agua Road.

It is about three miles outside the community of Mariposa. The Agua Fire is 300 acres and 10 percent contained. Several areas immediately around the fire are still evacuated. An evacuation center is open at the New Life Christian Church at 5089 Cold Road. The fire ignited as a result of a traffic accident.

Evacuation Order Areas:
Agua Fria Rd
Gold Leaf Rd,
Yaqui Gulch Rd (both sides of the road) from Hwy 140 to Prarie Rd including Prarie and Yaqui Terrace.
Hwy 140 from Aqua Fria to Bumgardner Rd (Both sides of the rd)
Paso del Oso Rd
Oak Canyon Drive
Bumgardner Mt. Rd from Hwy 140 to the top of the Hill

Fire Advisement Area: ( This is not an evacuation order, it is simply to notify residents in the area of the potential need to evacuate should conditions change allowing them to begin to prepare). Mt. Bullion CutOff, Live Oak Rd, Yaqui Gulch Rd from Praire Rd to Live Oak Rd.

Agua Fria Rd
Hwy 140 from Martin Rd to Mt. Bullion Cutoff Rd
Gold Leaf Rd.

Meanwhile, the Washburn Fire, also in Mariposa County, which burning for a couple of weeks, is 4,911 acres and 51-percent contained.