2014-07-24 / Front Page

Limited information available on El Portal Fire

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 3:19 p.m. - The National Park Service El Portal Fire Information Office has limited information at this time on the blaze that has consumed widespread areas near El Portal and Forest, just outside of Yosemite National Park, and is 24 hours old.

According to the fire information office, only one structure, a duplex in Foresta, has been burned, although a Midpines resident referenced a couple of homes being razed earlier this day.

The acreage number remains the same at 2,100 acres, which was released around 9:45 p.m. Saturday night.

Big Flat Road remains closed, which links Highway 120 to Yosemite Valley via Highway 140. Traffic on Highway 140 in Mariposa is heavy at this time as weekend Park visitors are rerouted. Yosemite Park remains open at this time.

Two more campgrounds have been closed. The Bridalveil Fall campground has been closed to provide staging for firefighters and equipment. The Yosemite Creek campground has been closed due to the lightning-caused Dark Hole Fire.

At this time, fire information states the El Portal Fire remains at zero containment.

Many resident in the Midpines area witnessed the gigantic DC-10 fire bomber make a drop approximately an hour and a half ago. A lot of aircraft traffic can be heard through the Merced River Canyon and in the surrounding area.

A federal Type I fire team will assume command of the incident at 6 p.m. today.

Old El Portal and Foresta remain under evacuation orders. No further details were released by the fire information office.

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