(PresidentialHill.com)- On Monday, firefighters in California continued their fight against the explosive Oak Fire, located near Yosemite National Park. This blaze, which has become one of the most destructive wildfires in the state this year, is currently out of control and has caused thousands of people to be forced out of their homes.
As of Sunday, the fire has burned over 15,600 acres, which is equivalent to more than 22 square miles of forest area. According to Cal Fire, the blaze has not been contained.
According to Adrienne Freeman, who works for the United States Forest Service, a few residents disobeyed the orders. They stayed behind even though evacuations were in place for over 6,000 people living across a several-mile span of the sparsely populated area in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The imminent encroachment of disastrous wildfire threatens the site.
She stated that they have strongly advised people to leave when ordered to do so. The fires are spreading at a rapid rate.
According to Cal Fire, the blaze started on Friday southwest of the park in the town of Midpines in Mariposa County. Since then, the flames have destroyed at least ten residential and commercial properties and damaged five more.
According to Cal Fire, more than 2,500 workers, almost 300 fire engines, and 17 aircraft have been assigned to tackle the incident.
According to the officials, firefighters “made good headway” on Sunday, with strike teams holding the fire at Bear Clover Lane to protect the Mariposa Pines neighborhood and trying to hold other lines surrounding the inferno. Officials stated the firefighting efforts saved the community from destruction.
An earlier fire known as the Washburn Fire, which was being fought by firefighters and had reached the edge of a grove of giant sequoias in the most southern portion of Yosemite National Park, was the cause of the Oak Fire, which broke out as the firefighters made headway against the earlier blaze. After two weeks of the fires leaping and spreading into the Sierra National Forest, the 7.5-square-mile fire was roughly 80 percent controlled.