Evacuations Ordered as Briceburg Fire Grows Near Yosemite National Park

Photo of the Briceburg Fire from the Mt. Buillon firecam

Around 2:30 pm on Sunday, the Briceburg Fire began in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park. It was a light fire, sitting at just 30 acres, before a spark jumped a bank and erupted to 600 acres by Monday.

Now, evacuations are underway as firefighters battle the flames and prepare for dangerously windy conditions this week.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for three homes in the area as well as the Briceburg Information Center and McCabe Flat Campground as the fire sits at 5 percent containment.

The fire has closed Highay 140, which is an entrance to Yosemite National Park, and any park visitors will need to take Highway 41 or Highway 120 to gain access.

The fire is currently being battled by air resources as the flames sit in an increasingly difficult terrain to battle from land.

The firefighters have increasing problems as high winds are expected to hit Northern California this week. While the critical wind conditions could possibly miss the Yosemite Valley, the increased winds in the area will certainly make it very tough to fight the flames:

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