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Everyone Out: Yosemite Evacuation Underway

Ferguson Fire Forces Visitors To Leave

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 25, 2018 - 6:34 am

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (KCBS Radio) -- The peak summer tourist season is being disrupted at Yosemite National Park, with officials ordering visitors to leave Yosemite Valley because of the menacing Ferguson Fire.

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds ordered visitors to leave by noon on Wednesday for a closure expected to last until Sunday. The closure affects Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Mariposa GRove.

The key issue is the closure of Highway 41. Authorities are shutting the road from Wawona to the tunnel entry into Yosemite Valley. 

Other parts of Yosemite, including Tuolumne Meadows and high-country areas accessible via Tioga Road (Highway 120), remained open.

The Ferguson Fire has burned 38,522 acres with 25% containment, reported US Forest Service officials on Wednesday morning.

Fire bosses said the fire is proving difficult to stop in the El Portal area. Crews are making plans to set controlled burns ahead of the fire, hoping to keep it from moving into the Yosemite West area.