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Yosemite-bound traffic tied up; hay burns

COARSEGOLD — Cal Fire crews battled yet another suspicious roadside grass fire Monday starting about 1:30 p.m. in the State Route 41 corridor area near Road 406.

Traffic on the busy, two-lane SR 41 was halted and tempers flared as visitors heading to Yosemite National Park turned around or were detoured around the fire for about four hours.

The fire appears to have started along the southbound lane of SR 41 in an area of rocky, steep gorges, and burned about an acre before being stopped by fire crews, according to Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson.

“It started just north of Road 406, and with the windy conditions it jumped the road and burned into the east side of the road,” Christopherson said. “There were about 60 personnel fighting the fire. We also have an investigator at the scene and the cause is under investigation. Fire activity has been very busy, and fire conditions are extreme ... for what we normally see in a fire season, and the drought has contributed.” ...


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