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CAL FIRE equipment stands ready to fight the Briceburg Fire (photo by Leonard Andrenacci)

Firefighters Gaining Upper Hand on Briceburg Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — CAL FIRE reported Friday morning that the Briceburg Fire has not burned any additional acreage in the past 24 hours, while containment has increased to 30 percent.

According to the agency’s latest progress report, the Briceburg Fire, which has been active now for four days, has scorched a total of 4,905 acres.

CAL FIRE investigators have yet to determine how the fire started.

“Overnight, firefighters made good progress towards containment,” CAL FIRE repeated in its latest update, released Friday morning at 7 a.m.

“Efforts today will remain focused on fireline construction and strengthening contingency lines,” the release stated. “Evacuation orders and advisories remain unchanged from previous updates.”

Meanwhile, nearly 1,600 firefighters are now battling the blaze, which began Sunday afternoon as a 30-acre vegetation fire that sparked near the Briceburg Bridge.

Forty crews have been assigned to the fire as well as eight helicopters, 151 engines, 37 bulldozers and 38 water tenders.

So far, CAL FIRE reports none of its personnel battling the blaze have been injured and only one structure has been destroyed.

Highway 140 remains closed from Colorado Road to Savages Trading Post.

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