Wildfire forces closure of highway to Yosemite

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Officials say a wildfire has forced the shutdown of a highway that serves as a busy gateway to Yosemite National Park.

The U.S. Forest Service said in a statement that two days after it broke out in the Stanislaus National Forest, the blaze crossed State Route 120 on Monday, shutting it down in both directions.

No westbound traffic is being allowed out of Yosemite, and people trying to get in are being told to use State Route 140 and State Route 41.

The Forest Service says some camps in the area are being evacuated and some structures have been lost, but did not say how many or what the structures were.

The blaze has burned some 800 acres since it broke out on Saturday.

 

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