Local News

Friday, Aug 26 2011 12:20 PM

Fire closes road to Yosemite

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- 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 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.

Have something to share? Comment on this story

Bakersfield.com Daily Deal!

Nirvana Skin and Body

Daily Deal

Oil Massage or Body Scrub Treatment

Value
$45
% Off
44%
You Save
$20
0 Bought
Buy Now! See more deals