Crews battle fast-growing wildfire near Yosemite National Park

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FRESNO, California (KGPE) – The flames are burning off Highway 41 and Briceburg Road in Mariposa County. Five hundred-acres have already burned and only five percent is contained– crews have several resources, including air support.

Fire officials say even though it is October, the cooler temperatures can be deceiving. Crews say it is important to stay alert when it comes to fire safety.

The Briceburg Fire erupted Sunday afternoon in Mariposa County. Video shows the monstrous flames taking off overnight and fire crews say it has burned hundreds of acres.

“It’s well established and burned actively overnight, the fires been spotty,” said Capt. Chris Moyle, CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit.

Officials say it is one of several fires in the mountain community this year. They’re not taking any chances, issuing evacuations for those nearby.

“We have mandatory evacuations for the Briceburg campgrounds and three private residences up there, and evacuation advisements for Buffalo Gulch, Rancheria Creek, and Rumbling Mine. Highway 140 is shut down from the Bug Hostel to Cedar Lodge,” said Moyle.

CAL FIRE says even though summer is over it’s no time to let your guard down when it comes to fire safety.

“We are heading into the most critical time of the year. A lot of the vegetation has dried out and its more susceptible to start and when people let their guard down and become complacent then the risk of fire is still there. We encourage everyone who’s traveling up to the mountain area to make sure that their cars are in good working condition and if they’re hauling a trailer to make sure the safety chains are secure properly and to make sure that everything is in good working order before they go out and be fire conscious,” said Jaime Williams, PIO CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit.

Crews have several resources, including air support.

For more updates on the fire, you can call the CAL FIRE Briceburg information line at 844.668.3473 or visit their website.

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