MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Spring Fire, burning in the Bootjack area along Highway 49, is holding at 225 acres and is now 50 percent contained. Crews continue to hit hot spots and strengthen fire lines.
There are currently 503 personnel assigned to the incident, including 38 engines, 19 crews and 6 water tenders.
Highway 49 is open to one-lane traffic control as of 10 a.m. this morning, after being shut down overnight. It is scheduled to close again this evening at 8 p.m. We will update if conditions change.
Evacuation orders will be lifted at 11 a.m. in all areas with the following restrictions:
Allred Road from Highway 49 to Morning Star Lane and Ching Road will be open to residents only.
Power will be restored to all areas. Fire crews and utility equipment will be working in the area, please drive slowly.
Any questions or concerns regarding utilities, please contact PG&E at 800-743-5000.
One structure has been damaged and none have been destroyed. No injuries have been reported.
Cooperating agencies include Cal Fire, the Mariposa County Sheriff Office, Mariposa County Fire, PG&E, Caltrans, Mariposa County Public Works, CHP and the Red Cross.
The Spring Fire started on Sunday, July 2, just after 1:30 p.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
We will update as conditions change.
**UPDATE: As of 3 p.m., two lanes Highway 49 is open without an escort. The right passing lane on Spring Hill remains closed for fire suppression equipment. Please drive carefully. Watch for fire and utility crews in the area.**