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Wildfire near Yosemite forces evacuations

August 29, 2011 |  8:32 am

About 70 homes have been ordered evacuated as a wildfire burns outside Yosemite National Park, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Highway 140 into the park remains closed indefinitely from Midpines to El Portal, but Highways 41 and 120 are open and the park's visitor services are unaffected, said National Park Service spokeswoman Kass Hardy.

The blaze, dubbed the Motor fire, has burned 4,755 acres and is 35% contained, Hardy said. It started Thursday when a tourist's motor home went up in flames.

More than 800 firefighters are on the fire line.

The evacuated areas include Cedar Lodge, Rancheria, Incline, the El Portal trailer court and the Merced River Canyon Campgrounds.


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