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UPDATE (7/19): Fire is now 100% contained! However, the River Fire grew to over 9,600 acres.

UPDATE (7/12): We woke up to an acrid smoke haze this morning, but it cleared by the afternoon as the wind changed. The River Fire is now 9,000 acres and 10% contained. The Highway 41 road into Yosemite is threatened.

About 5:30 pm (our time) today I noticed what I thought was a developing thunderhead in the distance . . .

The River Fire

Nope. It wasn’t thunderclouds. It was smoke from a nearby fire — dubbed the River Fire. The fire is about 15 miles from us here in Mariposa.

What started as an 80-acre fire bloomed to a 2500-acre fire a fire hours later.

From 80 to 2500 acres in a few hours

So, we have our “Go” bags ready. We’ll keep you posted.

Here’s a link to the CAL FIRE web page on the River Fire: