Residents allowed to return home after Briceburg Fire burns nearly 5,000 acres

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BRICEBURG, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Residents affected by the Briceburg Fire west of Yosemite National Park were allowed to return to their homes Friday, Cal Fire said.

All mandatory evacuation orders & fire advisements have been lifted as of 1 p.m.

Cal Fire said smoke would still be in the respective areas as crews continue firefighting operations.

Some residences in the area will remain without power until Pacific Gas & Electric can safely restore and/or repair lines in the area.

Cal Fire said the public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. If you see electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact PG&E immediately.

The Mariposa County Health Department has health and safety information for residents returning to their homes on their website or call 209-966-3689.

Mariposa County Health and Human Services will be available to assist residents with gaining additional services.

Additional information regarding these and other services is available here.

Mariposa County Public Works will be at the Midpines Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. providing free residential spoiled food waste

Cal Fire said the blaze has burned 4,905 acres and is 30% contained.

One structure has been destroyed.

Cal Fire said crews worked diligently overnight to reinforce and monitor containment lines with minimal fire activity.

Firefighters will begin mop-up operations Friday 200 feet in from established containment lines.

The state fire agency added that recent weather patterns have helped fire suppression efforts.

(Courtesy of Cal Fire)

Cal Fire reported a total of 1,716 personnel are battling the Briceburg fire and consists of 151 engines, 34 water tenders, eight helicopters, 43 hand crews, 38 dozers and two air tankers.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Cal Fire said Highway 140 remains closed 15 miles east of Mariposa at the top of the Briceburg Grade to Savages Trading Post.

Buffalo Gulch Road is open to residents only.

Access to Yosemite National Park at El Portal remains closed because of the brush fire. Visitors can enter the park through Highway 41 and Highway 120.

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