Yosemite National Park – Approximately 40 minutes ago, the Park posted a new fire breaking out on their Facebook Page.
The event dubbed the “El Portal Fire” is located in the area of the Park’s Administrative site.
The fire has reached a level of 2100 acres burned so far. It is currently threatening multiple structures with one already reported as being lost.
Cause and containment status is unknown at this time.
The Park evacuated the following areas:
- Old El Portal, Foresta, The Crane Flat Campgrounds.
- Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy. 120) closed from El Portal Rd. (Hwy. 140) Junction to Junction with Tioga Rd. at Crane Flat Bridaveil Creek Campground.
Currently, open at the time of this blog post:
- Tioga Rd. is only accessible from Hwy. 120 in Groveland and Lee Vining.
- Yosemite Valley accessible from Hwy. 140 (Mariposa) and Hwy. 41 (Oakhurst).
Type IMT 1 will arrive inside the park at 1300 hours and take over operations at 1600.
There are many Firefighters on the ground fighting the fire. We have asked the number and are awaiting the figure. Additional Firefighters have been requested and more are en route to the fire.
Current resources on this incident are a DC10, 8 tankers and 6 helos. We would guess more will be requested after the Fire Management Team is in place, but we imagine they will need to assess the situation prior to a new request is implemented.
–> Please keep the Firefighters, staff, travelers, campers and all inside the Park in your thoughts and prayers. This is a very dangerous situation for all involved. -Thanks, Editor <–
Published 7/27/14 1300 PDT
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