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Big Meadow Fire Surpasses 5,000 Acres

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Yosemite National Park, CA — Now seven days old the Big Meadow Fire has grown to 5,257 acres, an increase of 348 acres from Monday’s total of 4,909.

Containment remains at 55 percent. 1,162 firefighting personnel now have their "boots on the ground."

The fire continues to be active on the northern flank approaching the Tioga Rd. near Tamarack Flat and in the upper Crane Creek drainage.

The Friday evening evacuation of El Portal residents was lifted Monday evening at 7:30. In addition the Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal has reopened for visitors. However Crane Flat and Tamarack Flat Campgrounds along with Foresta remain closed. At this time there is no projected reopening date.

The Big Oak Flat Rd. remains closed to through traffic at the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station to the junction of El Portal Rd. Also Tioga Rd. remains closed to through traffic from White Wolf to the Crane Flat Gas Station. There is no projected reopening date at this time for either road.

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Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com

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