Evacuations Ordered as Briceburg Fire in Central California Grows

The Briceburg Fire in California’s Mariposa County grew to 4,900 acres by Thursday, October 10, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said.

Several areas near the fire were under a mandatory evacuation notice, including a campground and nearby homes, CAL FIRE said. The agency said the fire destroyed one structure, but no injuries were reported.

On Wednesday morning, CAL FIRE said the fire was burning 3,600 acres and was 10 percent contained. By Thursday morning, the blaze had grown to 4,900 acres and was 25 percent contained.

Additionally, "dry, windy weather” prompted Pacific Gas and Electric Company to shut down power for around 750,000 customers in California for an unknown amount of time in an attempt to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Video from the Ceres Fire Department shows firefighters working to contain the Briceburg Fire. Credit: Ceres Fire Department via Storyful