Briceburg fire doubles in size in less than 24 hours

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MARIPOSA COUNTY, California (KSEE) – The Briceburg fire outside of Yosemite National Park is now at 4,400 acres and 15% containment with mandatory evacuation in place.

Those figures issued by Cal Fire Wednesday afternoon.

The Mariposa County Sheriff issued the evacuations along Highway 140 between Octagon and Colorado Road, the Bug Hostel, all of Buffalo Gulch Road, and Briceburg Campground. These will continue as around 1,000 firefighters look to contain the fire.

54 engines, 19 water tenders, 36 hand crews, 14 dozers, eight helicopters, and eight air tankers are all a part of the efforts to extinguish flames and remove any fuels causing the wildfire to grow.

Although the Ferguson fire was near the same spot last year, CalFire said this area has not burned since 1924.

Although wind is a factor, the biggest concern is the terrain.

“The terrain is incredibly steep and in some cases, it is not accessible by foot or on the ground,” said CalFire Spokesperson Emily Kilgore. “So we are attacking that portion of the fire by aircraft. So that has been our biggest challenge at this point.”

As of Wednesday, no structures have been burned and no injuries have been reported; Yosemite National Park also remains open.

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