The Quarter Fire was 10 percent contained Monday evening as firefighters were able to make progress on establishing a fire line on the south side of the fire, north of the Stanislaus River.
Firefighters, hampered by rugged and steep terrain and no road access, were not able get to the fire until Sunday afternoon.
The fire started Saturday night and remained at 15 acres Monday evening.
Dozers are the only means of access and operators were able to open access for engines and hand crews to get closer.
"If crews continue to make good progress, fire line construction should be completed tomorrow morning before the heat of the day," Maria Benech, Forest Service spokesperson said.
She said firefighters will construct contingency lines south of the fire, near Cedar Ridge Subdivision.
The fire is located on the north side of the South Fork of the Stanislaus River approximately three miles upstream of the Lost Dutchman Mining Association property in the Grant Ridge (Forest Service Road 3N11) area.
An emergency advisory for homes on Forest Road 3N11 and in the Cedar Ridge community was canceled Monday night.
"Fire behavior and smoke were minimal throughout the day and are expected to remain so," Benech said.
There are 273 people working the fire — eight hand crews, one helicopter, six engines, four air tankers, nine dozers and one water tender, the Forest Service said Monday.