Fire crews make progress on Briceburg blaze near Yosemite

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BRICEBURG, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Crews have made significant progress in their battle with the Briceburg Fire burning west of Yosemite National Park, Cal Fire announced Saturday morning.

The state fire agency said the blaze has burned 5,190 acres and is 49% contained. The acreage had increased because of better mapping.

Firefighters will continue the construction of containment lines and mop-up of at least 200 feet of established containment lines.

One structure has been destroyed.

Officials do not have an estimation for when the fire will be fully contained.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Cal Fire reported a total of 1,418 personnel are battling the Briceburg fire and consists of 139 engines, 31 water tenders, eight helicopters, 35 hand crews, and 16 dozers.

Two air tankers that were previously committed to the battle have been pulled off the fire.

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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