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Update: Gaines Fire Containment Continues To Climb

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Update at 10:30 pm: CAL Fire reports the containment on the Gaines Fire has jumped to 60-percent and the acreage remains at 1,300. Mariposa County Sheriff’s officials relay that all fire advisements and road closures have been lifted. Motorists are asked to slow down and drive with caution as there is still plenty of personnel and equipment in the fire area as they work towards full containment and  continue mopping up. Further details on the blaze burning in the area of Mt. Gaines Road and Bear Valley Road in the Bear Valley.area of Mariposa County.

Original post at 8:30 am: Mariposa, CA — CAL Fire has officially called the forward progress stopped on the Gaines Fire that has been burning in Mariposa County since 1 p.m. on Friday.

As reported here yesterday, the night’s lower temperatures and higher humidity are assisting crews working the fire in the area of Mt. Gaines Road and Bear Valley Road in Bear Valley. The containment has grown overnight from 30 to 40-percent with the acreage at 1,300 acres. CAL Fire reports throughout the night crews worked to strengthen and secure fire control lines encircling the blaze with crews “moving about 150 feet into the black” [fires chard footprint] areas to battle the flames.

Today crews will continue to push inward on the active fire area, working towards full containment, checking for hotspots and mopping up. CAL Fire details that the daily heat and rugged terrain are some of the challenges facing firefighter on the ground.

Current resources on scene include 457 personnel, 30 engines, 8 hand crews, 5 water tenders, along with one dozer and helicopter.

Twenty structures remained threatened. There have been no evacuations ordered, just fire advisements that remain in place for these areas: Highway 49 between Bear Valley Road to Pendola Gardens; Bear Valley Road/Highway 49 to Hunters Valley Road; Pendola Gardens Road; Corbett Creek; Gold Dust Lane; Old Toll from Hornitos to Pendola Gardens. Also, only residents can travel Bear Valley Road between North 9 Road and Highway 49 as it is on a soft closure.

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