MARIPOSA COUNTY, California (KGPE) – The Briceburg Fire near Yosemite National Park continues to grow forcing more evacuations.
As of Tuesday evening, the fire has consumed 2,000 acres and is only 10% contained. Areas currently under a mandatory evacuation order include homes on Highway 140, between Octagon Road and Buffalo Gulch, including the Briceburg Campground.
Areas closed include Highway 140, from Colorado Road to Savages Trading Post, the main entrance to Yosemite National Park, and the community of El Portal.
The Red Cross has several volunteers are on standby. They say it’s important for folks to stay alert when it comes to fire safety and have important documents and prescription medicines ready to go.
“For folks who may be impacted by the Briceburg Fire, we really want you to focus, if you get an evacuation order please take it seriously, that is the safest thing you could do for you and your family, and also focus on having an emergency to-go kit ready and really paying attention to these alerts,” says Nicole Maul with the Central Valley Red Cross.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Valley Air District Officials issued a potential health concern due to smoke of the Briceburg Fire starting to hover over the Valley.