Wildfire threatens homes near Yosemite


West of Yosemite National Park, a wildfire that began Saturday afternoon has grown to 2,600 acres and is now 5-percent contained. Park officials said it destroyed one home in the small community of Foresta, which is a town adjacent to the park.

Firefighters aided by fixed-wing helicopters are battling the flames.

The fire is threatening homes and cabins. So far, evacuations have been ordered for 45 homes near the small community of Old El Portal. The Madera County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services has set up shelters at Tenaya Lodge (Mariposa side) and Groveland Community Center.

A park ranger said there have been no injuries so far.

The park itself, home to such sites as Half Dome mountain, Yosemite Meadows, a grove of Giant Sequoia trees and other wonders, remained open Sunday.

Several roads in the area are closed. The Crane Flat campground and Highway 120, a major highway leading to the park from the San Francisco Bay Area, are closed.

There is no word yet on what may have sparked the fire, which is burning in an area still recovering from another fire in 2009.

The Associated Press and Action News contributed to this story.
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