Two wildfires burning in Tuolumne County cause evacuations

UPDATE WED. 8:17 P.M.: The fire is now at 102 acres and is 80 percent contained.

UPDATE 8:16 P.M.: Oak Fire has spread to 100 acres and is 20 percent contained. The Red Cross will open an evacuation center at the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds in the Creekside Room, which should be open at 5:30 pm.

Power lines have come down as a result.

TUOLUMNE COUNTY (KRON) — Two wildfires are burning in Tuolumne County, causing evacuations in the area, according to Cal Fire.

The fires have burned about 80 acres. They broke out at about 1:25 p.m. Tuesday about 5 miles east of Columbia, near Old Oaks Ranch Road and Big Hill Road. That is in the Cedar Ridge area, fire officials said.

One of the fires is 50 acres, and the other is 30 acres.

The Oak Fire has prompted evacuations at a Christian camp and the Sierra Outdoor School. People living on Old Oaks Ranch Road have been evacuated as well.

Big Hill Road is closed from Columbia to Twain Harte.

Fire officials said the blazes are moving at a “dangerous rate of spread.”

“We had a large response, both on the ground and in the air,” Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant told KCRA 3. “This is the same topography as the Rim Fire several years ago.”

The cause of the fires have not been determined.

Stay with KRON4 for updates.

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