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Main highway to Yosemite still closed as wildfire rages

August 25, 2011 | 10:59 pm

Yosemite Road Closure
A main highway into Yosemite National Park remained closed Thursday night as a wildfire raged across timber and brush lands on both sides of the Merced River, officials said.

California 140 is shut down in Mariposa County four miles east of Midpines to four miles west of the Yosemite border, the state Department of Transportation said.

The blaze, called the Motor Fire, had burned about 1,000 acres and was moving up the north slope toward Trumbull Peak and a historic fire lookout tower, the U.S. Forest Service said. The blaze was burning in the Sierra and Stanislaus National forests. It was sparked by a motor home fire around noon near California 140, officials said.

About 300 firefighters were battling the blaze. Earlier, they were being assisted by an aerial attack that included 13 planes and helicopters, officials said.

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Map shows area where California 140 is closed. Credit: Google Maps

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