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Local Resources Assisting With Motor Fire

Yosemite Valley, CA– Fire crews from the Stanislaus National Forest are assisting with the now 600-acre Motor Fire on Highway 140 near Yosemite.


“The Motor fire started in the Sierra National Forest in the Merced River Canyon, but did jump the river and is moving towards Trumbull Peak on the Stanislaus National Forest,” said Forest Spokesperson Jerry Snyder. “The fire command still belongs to the Sierra National Forest but the Stanislaus Forest has a number of units assisting. We have five engines that are involved and three hand crews.”


According to CAL Fire, air resources from Columbia are also helping out. Today air attack was diverted to the Motor Fire, after there were no signs of an earlier reported fire in the Pinecrest/Punchbowl area of the Stanislaus National Forest.


The Motor Fire reportedly started after a motor home caught fire. Highway 140 into and out of Yosemite National Park remains closed due to the fire.  There is no estimated time on when it will reopen.


Written by tina.falco@mlode.com