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A fire burning in rugged terrain engulfs a roadway near Yosemite National Park on Thursday, August 15, 2011. (Photo provided by CBS13 Viewer)

A fire burning in rugged terrain engulfs a roadway near Yosemite National Park on Thursday, August 15, 2011. (Photo provided by CBS13 Viewer)

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – A wildfire burning outside Yosemite National Park is keeping a main highway closed, with no word when the roadway will be open again.

Fire officials say the blaze burning along Highway 140 has grown to more than 3,000 acres.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Troxell says the highway remains closed from just east of the community of Mariposa to about four miles outside the park’s gate.

He could not say when the highway would be open to traffic again.

Officials say the fire is not within the park, but is burning along the Merced River. They’re suggesting tourists traveling to Yosemite take Highways 120 or 41 instead.

The Tioga Road is also open for visitors entering the park on Highway 395.

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

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