Yosemite Highway Remains Closed As Fire Rages

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The main highway into Yosemite National Park remains closed as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire outside of the park.

A U.S. Forest Service officials says the blaze has consumed more than 1,000 acres since it was reportedly sparked Thursday when a motor home caught fire.

The California Highway Patrol reports that Highway 140 is closed from a point east of Mariposa to the park’s gate. Some local traffic is being escorted through, but officials suggest that tourists traveling to the park take Highways 121 or 41 instead.

Fire Sparked Near Yosemite National Park

Fire officials say the fire will take days to extinguish because of its location — a rugged area of heavy brush and timber.

The wildfire is burning on Sierra National Forest land and is not within Yosemite’s boundaries.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Tracy

    Hello CBS News,

    I believe the highway number is highway 120 to use as an alternative route instead of highway 121.

  • Steve

    Hope the Bug Hostel is ok! Love that place

  • jackie

    Another beautiful section of our forest burning to the ground never to be replaced, crying time again.

    • Rawn Jon

      Actually it will be replaced time heals all wounds so no need to cry jackie! :)

  • Tapestry

    Forests replaced themselves in time. People went hysterical saying Mt St Helens would ‘never be the same again’ well its not exactly the same; cause things always change. People just don’t want to ‘get’ that nature will have fires without any human being around. They will go out without a human being around all this stuff and nonsense is media hysteria as per usual.
    The US has more trees now than we did in the 1880s!

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