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Fire near Moccasin in Tuolomne County growing rapidly, evacuations ordered | Moc Fire update

The Tuolomne County Sheriff's Office says the fire is now at 1,700 acres and moving toward Coulterville.
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(Editor's Note: This is a developing story, follow the Tuolomne County Sheriff's Office on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TuolumneSheriff  for real-time updates on evacuations and road closures.) 

Update 10:17 p.m.: 

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Groveland and Pine Mountain Lake, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office. 

The evacuation order also includes Highway 120 to Big Creek Shaft Road. 

Sheriff's officials said Westbound Highway 120 is now open for those who need to evacuate.

Update 9:04 p.m.

The Moc Fire is moving southeast toward Coulterville, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office.

CHP reported there is a road closure at Priest-Coulterville and the Greeley Hill road intersection.

The Moc Fire is 0% contained.

8:05 p.m. update:
The Tuolomne County Sheriff's Office says in a tweet that the fire is now at 1,700 acres.

The fire is "moving southeast toward Coulterville and there is still no containment. The CHP reports an additional road closure at Priest-Coulterville and the Greeley Hill Road intersection," according to a Sheriff's office post on Twitter.

7:10 p.m. update:

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office has released new mandatory evacuations.

The evacuation orders include:

  • Highway 120 to Boneyard
  • Second Garrote
  • Incense Ceder Trail
  • Everything west of Second Garrote, Cherokee Trail and Yosemite Springs.

Road Closures are seen on Google's crisis fire map:

The fire's general location identified on the National Interagency Fire Center map:

6:40 p.m. update:

The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation warning due to the Moc Fire. 

The evacuation warning includes:

  • Highway 49 N from Mariposa/Tuolumne Lane to Mary Harrison Mine Highway-132 from J132 (Greeley Hill Road to Priest Coulterville. This includes Priest Coulterville Road.

6:20 p.m. update:

New evacuation orders have been issued due to the Moc Fire, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff.

These mandatory evacuation orders include:

  • All Jackass Creek Road
  • Jackass Creek Ridge 
  • Jackass Ridge Access

Original story:

Evacuation orders were issued for some residents in Tuolumne County as the Moc Fire sparked Thursday afternoon. 

According to Cal Fire, the Moc Fire is near Highway 49 and Highway 120 in Moccasin. It has burned 300 acres and is 0 percent contained.

Mandatory evacuation orders by the Tuolumne Sheriff's Office were issued just after 4 p.m. 

The evacuation order includes:

  • From Highway 120 to Moccasin through Big Oak Flat, to Merrel Road in Groveland, including Priest Coulterville Road.
  • Groveland and Pine Mountain lake

Emergency evacuation shelters are being set up at the Manzanita Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

According to a tweet from Caltrans District 10, SR-49 is closed from Coulterville to SR-49/SR-120 junction in Tuolumne due to the wildfire. SR-120 is also closed from the top of Priest Grade to the 49/120 junction. 

Drivers should avoid the areas. It is unclear how long the closure will last.

If you need help from Animal Control, call 209-694-2730 and Team Elite at 209-782-0616.

The Tuolumne dispatch center will not be taking any non-emergency calls. If you need help from the sheriff's office, call 209-533-6505 or 209-533-5833.

Cal Fire has not said what caused the fire. 

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