Wawona community issued mandatory evacuation order

Red Cross sets up shelter

MARIPOSA, Calif. - A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the Wawona community, located inside Yosemite National Park. The notice went out about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, suggesting people start leaving immediately.

Officials from Cal Fire said they'd been working on making two points on the southeast side of the fire meet, one near Wawona campground and one about three miles south.They said the fire was getting more active with changing weather conditions, and the evacuation was precautionary. Many people had already left Wawona, or own vacation homes there and are not permanent residents.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up at New Life Christian Church on 5089 Cole Rd in Mariposa. The first resident showed up about two hours after the evacuation order went out. Volunteers said there were about 40 people still living in Wawona. They're not sure how many of those will come to the shelter.

"One thing we've noticed, especially up here in the mountains, and through the whole Ferguson Fire, a lot of the mountain people take care of their mountain families and they all have places to go," Sandy Morehouse from the Red Cross said.

Shelter volunteers are prepared with beds and food. The doors will be open all night.

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