2014-07-24 / Front Page

El Portal Fire tops 2,600 acres

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9 a.m. - The El Portal Fire, described as "fast-moving" by a fire spokesman, has burned 2,632 acres and is five percent contained this morning.

An aggressive response by firefighters and supporting aircraft made significant gains against the fire on Sunday. The effort included drops by a large, DC-10 airtanker.

"There has been incredible firefighting work done to protect employees, residents and the Park," Yosemite National Park spokesman Gary Wuchner said. 

Just one structure, a duplex located at Foresta, has been lost in the blaze, Wuchner emphasized.

While parts of Foresta burned as recently as 2009, much of the area has regrown with dense brush, which has made the fire challenging to fight, Wuchner added.

Resources working the fire today include five strike teams, two hotshot crews, two dozers, six helicopters and eight airtankers. Personnel assigned to the fire today number about 585.

Image courtesy of NPS.Image courtesy of NPS.

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