Highway closed by fire near Yosemite to reopen

August 29, 2011 - 9:15 PM
California Wildfires

In this photo taken Aug. 27, 2011, a Vallejo firefighter advances on a wall of fire south of Vacaville, Calif. About 250 firefighters, air tankers and bulldozers battled a 750-acre wildland fire south of Interstate 80, between Fairfield and Vacaville. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Steve Hawks, said 4 divisions still fighting the fire are expected to have full containment of the blaze by 6 p.m. Sunday, with mop up and patrols for hotspots continuing into Tuesday.(AP Photo/The Reporter, Rick Roach)

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.