Oak Fire Update: Cutie cat found safe after missing as Mariposa County family was forced to evacuate home during wildfire

Mariposa, California – Thousands of residents in remote mountain communities are still under evacuation orders on Monday as firefighters significantly slowed the spread of the burning oak fire near Yosemite National Park.

One of them was Amber Blalock, who lives in the Lashmeedown community in Mariposa County. She says her family had to leave the house without one of their cats.

“We got a call that we had to evacuate and the fire was coming quickly. I have two kids and my daughter, Sarah, she is 11. My son is eight, and we had to get in as quickly as we could. And we have a cat that likes to go outside. And so we were able to get a dog and a cat, and we just had to open the gate to save our chickens. But we couldn’t find the coda.”

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He said that his daughter called him but there was no trace of him.

“We did a prayer, and we just knew that God would take care of our coda. We just kept praying and we kept praying. I called the sheriff’s department, and they said they would get back to us. Didn’t hear anything. I called again the next day, and we just kept worrying. He was going to be hungry and thirsty.”

But Blalock called again and found that animal control officers had found him.

“Our daughter and our son are so thrilled, and we can’t wait to reunite them all. That calms some of our baby worries. We’re all back together.”

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Crews made “good progress” against the Oak Fire, as reported on Sunday night’s incident.

More than 2,500 firefighters are battling the fire, battling steep terrain and hot weather. Flames erupted Friday to the southwest of the park in Mariposa County. Cal Fire on Saturday described “explosive fire behavior” as flames erupted from bone-dry vegetation in the face of the worst drought in decades.

As of Monday morning, the fire had consumed more than 26 square miles of forest.

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