Highway closed by fire near Yosemite to reopen
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — One of the main roads leading into Yosemite National Park will be reopened after being closed for the past five days due to a wildfire.
Park spokesman Scott Gediman says Monday that all evacuation orders in the area will be lifted at 9 p.m., and that Highway 140 will reopen to traffic by 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The fire is burning along the Highway 140 corridor in the Stanislaus National Forest leading to Yosemite and has scorched more than 4,775 acres — or 7.5 square miles — since it began Thursday. It was sparked when a motor home caught fire.
Gediman says firefighters made enough progress on Sunday night and Monday, that all of the communities once in harm's way were no longer threatened.