LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Carstens Fire map 2013 has prompted Mariposa evacuations for the California wildfire today. The Carstens Fire Map expanded last night after the fire erupted around 2:10 p.m. west of Yosemite National Park. The fire was given its name for starting on Carstens Road east of Highway 140. The fire has threatened homes in Clarks Valley and Jerseydale areas.
Carstens Fire official Sheriff Doug Binnewies tells news that mandatory evacuations remain in place today. In a news statement last night from the Mariposa County Sheriffs Office through the CodeRed Emergency Notification System, officials issued an evacuation order at 11:30 p.m. That order remains in place today. Moreover, “due to the unpredictability of the Carstens fire, CalFire has initiated an evacuation order for the residents on the Northeast side of Triangle Road between Highway 140 extending to Darrah Road. Again, residents are being asked to evacuate if you live on the North side of Triangle Road from Hwy. 140 to Darrah Road.” Officials are also advising in their statement that “Evacuation centers have been established at the Mariposa County Elementary School and the Mariposa County Fairgrounds for Animals and Livestock.” Residents seeking further details are encouraged to contact the Mariposa County Information Line 966-1133.
Mariposa County Health officials issued a Health Alert last night as well. In a news statement, they advised residents that a “Health Alert has been issued regarding the expectation of increased smoke and ash. Smoke density may become great enough from the Carstens Fire to constitute a health threat for susceptible people.” They further advised news that “everyone, but especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) older adults and children should limit time spent outdoors and limit prolonged or heavy exertion and exercise when smoke is present.” Officials are telling residents who exhibit any symptoms like shortness of breath to contact a “health care provider or go to the emergency room.”
Binnewies indicates to news that more than one hundred fifty homes and nearly five hundred residents are on evacuation today. “One primary concern is the one way in, one way out, narrow road,” he told news.”So it was important to get all out prior to fire burn over.”
Cal Fire is handling this fire. They report to news this morning that the blaze is zero percent contained, at thousand acres, and has prompted evacuations for Hites Cove, Jerseydale and Scott Rd. The blaze remains centered off Carstens Rd., east of 140 in the Midpines area. For continuing coverage, click HERE. For the latest fire map, see below and look for the map entry “Carstens Fire” near the 140.
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