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Yosemite National Park wildfire continues to grow

August 28, 2009 |  4:38 pm
Fire crews during a previous prescribed burn in Yosemite. In addition to the fires burning in Southern California, a portion of Yosemite National Park is also ablaze.

The Big Meadow fire started as a prescribed burn of 90 acres Wednesday by park fire crews and has grown to engulf 2,244 acres after the crew was unable to contain the blaze within the set boundaries.

Campers at Crane Flat and Tamarack Flat campgrounds  and residents in the community of Foresta have been evacuated and the areas remain closed. No structures have been lost.

Three trails to El Capitan -- Tamarack Creek (Flat), Old Big Oak Flat and Rockslides -- are closed.

The portion of Big Oak Flat Road between the Crane Flat gas station and the intersection of El Portal and Big Oak Flat roads also remain closed, with no projected opening date at this time.

National Park Service firefighters continue to battle the wildfire, which is currently 10% contained.

--Kelly Burgess

Photo: Fire crews during a previous prescribed burn in Yosemite. Credit: Adrienne Freeman / NPS