The fire near Yosemite

In case any of you were wondering, this fire is about halfway between the Yosemite entrance and Mariposa — not so far from the spot on Highway 140 where the rockslide buried the road a few years ago, requiring a small detour across the river:

A major wildland fire 12 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park continued to blaze unabated throughout the day and has resulted in the closure of Highway 140, the major roadway leading into Yosemite Valley.

Suzanne Grin of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said anyone needing to go in or out of the valley would have to use either Highway 41 or Highway 120.

Meanwhile, the state sent additional resources to fight the fire, but still made little headway. Crews battled rugged terrain and hot, dry weather in an attempt to keep the blaze from threatening homes and people.

The Telegraph Fire engulfed 26,130 acres, and remained at 10 percent containment as of 3:30 p.m., Grin said. The fire, which was started Friday by someone who was target shooting, is burning about 12 miles west of Yosemite, just northwest of the small town of Midpines (Mariposa County). It has destroyed 12 residences and 27 outbuildings, Grin said.

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One response to “The fire near Yosemite

  1. Monday’s NYTimes said “Officials are also warning motorists to stay off Highway 140 between Mariposa and Yosemite because of low visibility.” For all the inconvenience (especially to the nice Mariposa businesspeople), closing the highway sounds safer.

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