2014-09-04 / Front Page

Three blazes keep firefighters busy

Smoke from the Montgomery Fire was visible rising from an area north of the Merced River at Briceburg in this photo taken from the Midpines area on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 7. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Smoke from the Montgomery Fire was visible rising from an area north of the Merced River at Briceburg in this photo taken from the Midpines area on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 7. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 - 10:20 a.m. - Fires in Ponderosa Basin, Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest will continue to occupy firefighters today, officials report.

As of this morning, the Bridge Fire in Ponderosa Basin was 75 percent contained. Evacuation advisories for residents of close to 700 homes in the area are now lifted, although local people are advised to watch out for firefighting and other service and emergency vehicles.

Also today, crews in an area of Stanislaus National Forest between Coulterville and Briceburg are monitoring the 80-acre Montgomery Fire in the vicinity of Texas Hill, Halls Gulch and Montgomery Gulch roads. The fire was spotted by pilots of an airtanker returning from the Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park around 4:27 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, forest spokesperson Rebecca Garcia said. The fire was about 50 percent contained this morning, Garcia added.

Also today, fire crews in Yosemite National Park are continuing efforts to contain the Meadow Fire, which forced the helicopter evacuation of 100 hikers from Little Yosemite Valley and 85 hikers from the top of Half Dome on Sunday. As of Monday morning, the fire's precise origin was unknown. It may be a "spot fire, from the lighting-caused Meadow Fire," Park fire information officer Gary Wuchner said.

Park trails to Half Dome and Little Yosemite Valley remain closed today, Park officials said. The fire has so far consumed more than 2,500 acres.

Also on Monday, some rain and lightning were observed in the town area of Mariposa. It was not immediately apparent how weather conditions would affect the ongoing fires.

Read the Thursday, Sept. 11 MARIPOSA GAZETTE for a full report on the county's recent fires.

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