Video: Billowing River Fire Smoke Plume as Fire Explodes Near Yosemite

The fire, initially reported to be about 10 acres, expanded to 800 acres as of an 5:43 p.m. update from Cal Fire.

Video via www.fresnobee.com

David Cooper

The Fresno Bee

(MCT)

Jul. 12–Rick Mirigian – the central San Joaquin Valley-based agent for ex-world boxing champ Jose Ramirez – had an all-too-close view of the burgeoning River Fire on Sunday afternoon.

Mirigian, in a video he posted on Instagram (promoter559) and shared with The Fresno Bee, was confronted with a huge plume of smoke as he drove along Highway 49 near Oakhurst.

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“This is real fire right here,” he says as the video captures the plume through his windshield, “happening as we speak.”

The video was shot about 3:30 p.m.

Mirigian told The Bee he saw “intense smoke and orange skies” and plenty of Cal Fire crews headed into the scene from “every direction.”

“I was driving toward Yosemite through Mariposa,” Mirigian said. “I was eating in downtown Mariposa at a Chinese place looking out the window and saw what looked like a Hollywood setting with the smoke and (mushroom cloud)-like formation, followed by Cal Fire and sheriff units..”

The fire, initially reported to be about 10 acres, expanded to 800 acres as of an 5:43 p.m. update from Cal Fire.

It was burning west of Yosemite National Park along the Madera and Mariposa county border.

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