Cal Fire and Other Agencies Debrief Evacuated Residents at Community Meeting

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OAKHURST, Calif. — Evacuated residents got answers on Wednesday night at a community meeting in Oakhurst.

Cal Fire and other responding agencies explained the progress they have made, while addressing the homes lost in the flames.

Hundreds of evacuated residents poured into the Mountain Christian Center in Oakhurst to hear the latest from Cal fire, PG & E and the Mariposa Sheriffs Department.

Even though some agencies had some good news to share, some residents have lost their homes and they are still trying to process it.

“It wasn’t very long before it engulfed the home,” said Justin Meisner, resident.

Justin and Jessica Meisner live off of Guadalupe Mountain Road. They evacuated and said within 45 minutes their house was up in flames.
 
“I don’t know what anyone could have done with flames like that. They were 70 feet tall,” said Meisner.

They said even though they were able to save themselves and their daughter, they lost everything in their home.

While the Meisners are still in shock, Cal Fire relayed some hope for other evacuees.

“The west side of the Fire is looking good. We have direct line construction. It is being mopped up and patrolled,” said Dave Russell, Cal Fire.

They add that they made progress close to Mariposa and on Benhur Road. PG & E also working to get power back.

Officials said they restored power in Downtown Mariposa and they are now working on the Ponderosa Basin.

The agencies still have a long way to go. PG & E doesn’t know when all power will be restored.

Cal Fire said because of the nature of the blaze, they don’t have answers for when residents can come home.

Cal Fire said their crews are working long hours to try and save every home. They said the planes were flying so much that their base ran out of jet fuel.
 

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