2014-07-24 / Front Page

El Portal Fire at zero containment, structures burned

Sunday, July 27, 2014 9:20 a.m. - The National Park Service's El Portal Fire Information Office has reported that the El Portal Fire is zero percent contained at this time.

The razed acerage reported yesterday evening of 2,100 acres remains unchanged, and the direction the fire is burning could not be identified, although it is raging on the border of Yosemite National Park.

A Type I federal fire response team has been summoned and will assume command at 6 p.m. this evening.

According to the fire information provided, structures have been consumed by the blaze, but the type of structures and number have not been identified.

Old El Portal and Foresta remain under evacuation orders, and Big Oak Flat Road, which connects Highway 120 to Highway 140 for access to Yosemite Valley is closed due to fire activity. Yosemite National Park remains open, as does Highway 140 to the Park.

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies reported this morning that while deputies were going door-to-door with the evacuation notification, they encountered a large black bear in a residence on Foresta Road. The sheriff said the residence sustained damage, and the bear tore the refrigerator apart.

Look for further details as they become available.This photo was taken by Mt. Bullion resident Roger Biery shortly after the fire began Saturday afternoon. (Roger Biery | Contributed)This photo was taken by Mt. Bullion resident Roger Biery shortly after the fire began Saturday afternoon. (Roger Biery | Contributed)

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