Briceburg Fire burns hundreds of acres north of Mariposa, CA

The fire is burning on both sides of Highway 140 that leads to Yosemite National Park

UPDATED at 1:53 p.m. PDT Oct. 8, 2019

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The Briceburg Fire as seen from the Mt. Bullion camera near Mariposa, CA at 1:50 p.m. PDT Oct. 8, 2019.

Activity on the Briceburg Fire  north of Mariposa, California, increased after noon when the smoke column broke through the inversion.


9:31  a.m. PDT October 8, 2019

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The Briceburg Fire as seen from the Bullion camera near Mariposa, CA at 7:10 a.m. PDT Oct. 8, 2019.
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Map showing heat detected on the Briceburg Fire at 3:42 a.m. PDT October 8, 2019. It had become well established inside the Sierra National Forest.

The map above shows heat detected by a satellite on the Briceburg Fire at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday. It indicates growth on the north and east sides, some of which could be firing  operations by firefighters to stop the spread.

CAL FIRE is reported at about 9 a.m. PDT Tuesday morning that it has burned 800 acres. Our very,  very rough unofficial estimate leads us to believe that with the firing operation it could be twice that size.

The fire is on  both sides of Highway 140 just west of the Sierra National Forest 12 air miles southwest of the El Portal entrance to Yosemite, 7 miles north of Mariposa, and one mile west of the Sierra National Forest. At 6:46 a.m. PDT Highway 140 was closed in the Briceburg area.

Below: time lapse video of the Briceburg Fire as seen from the Bullion camera near Mariposa, CA.



Originally published at 6:15 p.m. PDT October 7, 2019

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Map showing heat detected on the Briceburg Fire at 2:36 p.m. PDT October 7, 2019.

The Briceburg Fire burning on both sides of Highway 140 has required the closure of one of the roads leading into Yosemite National Park. Since the fire started October 6 it has burned at least 500 acres, according to CAL FIRE Monday afternoon. (see map above)

When  smoke from the fire broke through an inversion Monday afternoon the intensity increased significantly.

Highway 140 that leads to an entrance on the west side of the park is closed near the small community of Briceberg. The fire is 12 air miles southwest of the El Portal entrance to Yosemite, 7 miles north of Mariposa, and one mile west of the Sierra National Forest.

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The Briceburg Fire as seen from the Bullion camera near Mariposa, CA.

At least eight air tankers were working the fire Monday afternoon in addition to multiple helicopters.

An evacuation order is in place for Briceburg Campground.

The weather forecast for the Briceburg area does not include any extreme conditions over the next 24 hours according to the National Weather  Service. The humidity Monday night will be 41 percent with winds out of the northeast at 6 mph. On Tuesday firefighters should expect winds from the west at 6 to 9 mph, 15 percent RH, 85 degrees, and partly cloudy skies in the afternoon.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

Briceberg Fire aircraft map
Map showing activity of firefighting aircraft on the Briceburg Fire at 3:50 p.m. Oct. 7, 2019.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

10 thoughts on “Briceburg Fire burns hundreds of acres north of Mariposa, CA”

  1. Please don’t let it burn too close to Yosemite National Park. Isn’t it kind of late in season to burn in Northern California?

    1. Not really, fire season goes through November. I highly doubt this fire will reach the National Park, because almost all the country between this fire and the park burned last year in the massive Ferguson fire, so it won’t burn again this soon.

      1. Good news Susan. We live in Midpines. No traffic on 140 except locals. Sky is smokey, but not as bad as former fires near us. I worry that because of the winds the fire will burn toward us. Word is that PG&E will shut off power tomorrow. Is that true? If so who will be shut off?

  2. Has this fire impacted or will it impact the Briceburg BLM ?
    Would it impact the BLM residence on the other side of the river.
    Note: There’s a AT&T communications tower within 100 yards of the BLM Residence

    1. PG&E is asking customers to:

      Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

  3. Hi Bill,
    Thank you very much for this website exclusively for information on wild fires and forest fires. It looks like “Global Warming” is not going away soon. This year in Phoenix we only had on Monson rain. Rain total in Phoenix is a little above 2″so far, the lowest if compared to previous years.

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