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Yosemite entrance closed as crews work to contain brush fire along Highway 140

A section of Highway 140 remains closed as firefighters work to contain a brush fire in Mariposa County that grew overnight to 250 acres.

The highway is closed in both directions from the Yosemite Bug Hostel to the Savages Trading Post according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Cal Fire Capt. James Jimenez, about 250 personnel are working to contain the fire which was reported at about 2:33 p.m. Sunday in the area of Highway 140 and the Briceburg Road bridge.

Jimenez said there have been no reports of structures endangered by the fire, however the Briceburg campground has been evacuated.

Air resources are being used to fight the fire and there is no estimated time for reopening the road, according to Jimenez.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a fire advisement has been issued for Rancheria Creek Road and Rumley Mine Road.

A fire advisement is to alert residents of fire in the area and the potential of an evacuation if conditions change, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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