Highway 140 roadblock

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Granite, Smoke and Quiet

Yosemite Crowds Sent Home

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 26, 2018 - 6:22 am

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (KCBS Radio) -- The normally-bustling summer scene in Yosemite Valley is eerily calm following the evacuation of thousands of visitors.

Park officials emptied Yosemite Valley, Wawaona Village, Merced Grove and Mariposa Grove as crews battled the Ferguson Fire on the western edge of the park. That fire is now 43,299 acres in size with 26 percent containment.

About 1,000 campsite, hotel and cabin reservations have been canceled until Sunday.

Authorities have closed Highway 140 due to firefighting operations, forcing visitors to leave Yosemite via Highways 120 and 41.  Highway 140 is now being used by heavy equipment as firefighters begin to cut lines inside the Yosemite National Park boundaries.

KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan is at Buck Meadows on Highway 120, where she reported the smell of smoke was much stronger Thursday morning than 24 hours earlier.