Evacuations & Closures Ordered As Sierra Wild Fire Grows

(Photo courtesy:  KMPH Fox 26)

(KMJ) –  The Briceburg Fire continues to grow in size in Mariposa County.  The latest update from Cal Fire now has this blaze covering 800 acres with just 10% containment.

This fire began in the Sierra around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Merced River Canyon.  And fire crews say the steep terrain of that landscape has made battling this blaze difficult.

Cal Fire and the Highway Patrol have issued the following closures and evacuation orders:

Mandatory evacuations: Addresses on Highway 140 between Octagon Road and Buffalo Gulch, Bug Hostel, all of Buffalo Gulch Road and Briceburg Campground.

Potential Evacuation areas (if conditions change):  Colorado Road from Highwa y140 to Davis Road,  All of Davis Road,  Highway 140 from Colorado Road to Midpines,  and Market Ponderosa Way including all side roads.

Highway 140 remains closed from Colorado Road to Savages Trading Post.   But Yosemite National Park remains open and can be access via Highways 41 and 120.

The American Red Cross has now set up an evacuation center for those impacted by the Briceburg Fire in Mariposa County at New Life Christian Fellowship.  It’s located at:  5089 Cole Road in  Mariposa.