2014-07-17 / Front Page

Lightning is suspected in El Portal blaze

By Greg Knight | ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Hand crews and air attack units from Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest were able to control a five-acre blaze near El Portal on Sunday. (Greg Knight | The GAZETTE)Hand crews and air attack units from Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest were able to control a five-acre blaze near El Portal on Sunday. (Greg Knight | The GAZETTE)Monday, July 21, 2014 - 9 a.m. - A lightning storm centered over the El Portal area is suspected of starting a five-acre blaze that torched a pair of hillsides near the National Park Service administrative facility on Sunday, July 20. 

According to Park Fire Education and Information Officer Gary Wuchner, the fire was contained after approximately four hours and utilized hand crews and air attack units from the Park and Sierra National Forest. 

Other fires were also reported across the Parks’s high country due to thunderstorm and lightning-related incidents. 

Substantial rain in the area helped dampen vegetation making the fire easier fight, Wuchner added.

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