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 . . .
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.
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: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/11/river-fire/