Yosemite – El Portal Fire expands to 2,100 acres

elportalfireThe El Portal fire started on the afternoon of Saturday, July 26th in the Old El Portal area of Yosemite National Park. As of 6:00am on Sunday, July 27th, the fire has grown to an estimated 2,100 acres with 5% containment.

Multiple structures are threatened, one structure is reported as lost.

The Old El Portal and Foresta communities, along with the Crane Flat campground, have been evacuated.

Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) is currently closed from the Highway 140 (El Portal Road) junction to Tioga Road at Crane Flat (Tioga Road is open only from Highway 120 in Groveland and Lee Vining.

Yosemite Valley remains open, and is accessible from Highway 140 (Mariposa) and Highway 41 (Oakhurst).

More than 400 fire personnel from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire are working the fire, with more expected throughout the day today, including a “Type 1 Incident Management Team.”

The fire is also being attacked from the air by a DC 10, 8 tankers, and 6 helicopters.