MARIPOSA COUNTY — Evacuation orders have been issued as a wildfire spreads through Mariposa County.
Cal Fire says the Briceburg Fire, just north of Midpines in the area of Highway 140 and Briceburg Bridge Road, started burning Sunday night. By Friday morning, it had burned 4,905 acres and was 30% contained.
Members from Sacramento Fire assigned to strike team 4802C assisting on the #BriceburgFire have been safe and report that good progress has been made. The fire is 4,905 acres and 28% contained. Evacuation orders in place. https://t.co/dAEXw5alzA pic.twitter.com/wvNoiaFxtx
— Sacramento Fire (@SacFirePIO) October 11, 2019
By Monday night, both sides of the highway from Octagon to Colorado Road, as well as Bug Hostel and Buffalo Gulch Road, were given mandatory evacuation orders. Nearby campgrounds were also evacuated.
Caltrans says Highway 140 was closed from Colorado Road to Savage Trading Post.
The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at New Life Christian Fellowship on 5089 Cole Road in Mariposa.
Yosemite is open, despite the #BriceburgFire, outside of Yosemite. Hwy 140 from El Portal to Midpines closed. Use Hwy 49 from Mariposa to Oakhurst, then Hwy 41 to Yosemite. Hwy 140 open El Portal to Yosemite; all park roads open. Expect smoky conditions https://t.co/rfk9FOlmUp. pic.twitter.com/WEKWtNBUHy
— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) October 8, 2019
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