With firefighters gaining control of the Briceburg Fire, Cal Fire and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office lifted mandatory evacuation orders and fire advisements at 1 p.m. Friday.
However, Highway 140 is closed from 15 miles east of Mariposa at the top of Briceburg Grade to Savages Trading Post. Officials advise travelers to take highways 120 and 41 into Yosemite National Park.
In addition, Buffalo Gulch Road is now open to residents only.
For information on Yosemite National Park, go to nps.gov/yose or call 209 372-0200.
The area will remain smoky as firefighters continue suppression efforts, officials said, and some residences will be without power until it’s restored by PG&E. Officials advise residents to stay clear of electrical wires on the ground and contract PG&E immediately if you see them.
The Mariposa County Public Works Department will be at Midpines Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. providing free disposal of spoiled food waste.
Crews Limit Fire’s Spread
Firefighters working throughout the night limited the spread of the wildfire, Cal Fire officials said Friday morning.
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The wildfire now covers 4,905 acres and is 30% contained, officials said.
In addition to the diligent work of the fire crews, “recent weather patterns have helped fire suppression efforts,” Cal Fire said in its incident report.
Today’s focus, authorities said, will be to begin mop-up operations inside the fire containment area.
The cause of the fire, which began Sunday afternoon, still isn’t known. One structure has been destroyed. There are no reports of injuries.