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Mariposa's Oliver Fire 75 percent contained

After burning nearly 2,800 acres and costing an estimated $10.24 million, the Oliver fire in southern Mariposa County has been declared 75 percent contained and the risk to nearly 50 homes in the Ponderosa Basin is considered no longer a real threat, Cal Fire officials announced this morning.

As a result, the last fire engines specifically assigned for structure protection will leave the area at 6 p.m. today, officials said.

Also, the evacuation warning for Aurora Road, Standard Mill Road and Chowchilla Mountain Road will be lifted at 6 p.m. today. and all roads will be completely opened.

And as the fire suppression activities continue to diminish, firefighting resources will be reassigned to other fires in the state.

The lightning-sparked fire was discovered June 21, about 14 miles southeast of Mariposa and 17 miles northwest of Oakhurst.

At the height of the blaze, more than 1,000 firefighters were battling it. As of this morning, 730 firefighters were still assigned to it.

Full containment is expected to be reached by Saturday.

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