Mariposa County, CA — A stretch of Highway 140 in Mariposa County that heads into Yosemite National Park is being closed to “protect public safety in the Ferguson Fire burn scar due to a storm event that is likely to impact the roadway.”
Caltrans reports that it is a “pre-emptive closure” beginning at 1:30 p.m. today and spanning from Bug Hostel/Bear Creek Bridge, north of Midpines to the Cedar Lodge in El Portal. The National Weather Service is forecasting 1-3” of rain in a one hour period sometime between 1p.m. and 4 p.m. today, according to Caltrans officials. They also point to another storm that is expected between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight that will involve 11/2”-3” of rain.
After the storms pass, crews will clear any debris and inspect the road before reopening to traffic. Depending on the extent of any damage and possible needed repairs, Caltrans officials expects the duration of the road closures will be short.
For earlier reported details on a Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for fire burn scar areas in the Mother Lode, click here.