MARIPOSA — Several brush and vegetation fires flared up Thursday afternoon near Mariposa and Raymond.
A vegetation fire that started about 1 p.m. north of Mariposa between Silva and Ashworth roads forced a temporary closure of Highway 49.
Cal Fire also responded to reports of three other small fires in the area near the landfill, including one near Mykloaks Road.
Air support was called to the scene and dropped fire retardant on the fires while ground crews worked for several hours Thursday afternoon to extinguish the blazes.
At about 4:30 p.m., Caltrans issued an alert regarding the fire area stating: “One-way traffic control is now in effect on Route 49 north of the town of Mariposa. All lanes open on Route 49 south of Mariposa. Please watch for emergency vehicles and avoid area if possible.”
Highway 49 reportedly is now open in both directions.
All of the fires started within a few feet of Highway 49, according to Cal Fire.
The cause of the blazes are under investigation.
Meanwhile, a separate brush fire that sparked Thursday afternoon near Raymond scorched between 20 and 25 acres near Eastman Lake before firefighters were able to contain that blaze.
No road closures were required in that incident.