Foresta, CA — Columbia Air Attack is heading to aid in a vegetation fire in Yosemite National Park. The fire has been titled the Dog Rock Fire and it is about 130 acres in the Foresta area of the park. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for the area, but there is no word on how many structures or residents are affected.
El Portal Road is a continuation of Hwy 140 into Yosemite that is closed due to Fire. The road is between the park boundary and the junction with the Big Oak Flat Road. Access to Yosemite Valley is available via Wawona (Hwy 41) and Big Oak Flat Roads (Hwy 120).
Update 5:30 pm: Yosemite Park Spokesperson Kari Cobb says the community of Foresta with nearly 60 homes has been evacuated for safety reasons. She says No structures have been affected or damaged by the flames at this time. Highway 140 is closed at the park entrance for all incoming and outgoing traffic. There is no estimate on when the road will reopen. The cause of the fire is under investigation.