Ferguson fire threatens Yosemite NP, forcing road closures, evacuations

A change of direction in the Ferguson Fire is putting Yosemite National Park in further danger. As of Thursday night, the fire has burned more than 44,223 acres and containment stands at just 27 percent, reports KFSN, and is threatening a cluster of  5,200 structures about 11 miles east of Mariposa. 

The majority of firefighters and planes are hovering by Lush Meadows, which is now under evacuation from the north side of Triangle Road from Vista Lago to East Westfall and all side roads to the north. The high heat is presenting a challenge for firefighters.

California Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation Thursday afternoon for Mariposa County, which will allow additional resources to pour in, including financial reimbursement to Mariposa County for firefighting efforts. Homeowners and businesses can also get financial assistance because of the State of Emergency.

Cal Fire and other agencies are hosting a community meeting at the Tenaya Elementary School at 6:00 p.m. Friday to answer questions about the fire.

Road Closures:
Highway 41/Wawona Road is closed from the Yosemite Valley, through Wawona, to the park’s south gate.
Highway 140 is closed from 1.9 miles east of Midpines to the Cedar Lodge area.
Big Oak Flat Road is closed from the Highway 120 junction at Crane Flat to the Yosemite Valley.

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