Yosemite fire burns 3,000 acres; 1,000 firefighters on scene

10:49 PM, Aug 26, 2011   |    comments
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  • Courtesy, The Budweiser Man Junior Sanchez
  • Courtesy, the Budweiser man Junior Sanchez
  • Photo courtesy the Budweiser man Junior Sanchez

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - A brush fire in Yosemite National Park has burned about 3,000 acres since igniting Thursday.

The fire started around 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a motor home caught fire near Highway 140 and Incline Road, Sierra National Forest spokeswoman Brenda McCants said.

According to Junior Sanchez, a Budweiser truck driver who was driving behind the RV, the motor home pulled over to release a car it was towing when it caught fire. Sanchez said the RV's propane tank exploded and ignited grass along the roadside.

The fire, named the "Motor Fire," is located half-a-mile east of the south fork of the Merced River, which is a rural area, McCants said.

McCants said residents in El Portal and Jerseydale were ordered to evacuate.

Yosemite National Park spokesman Jim Tucker said the Cedar Lodge Motel, with 250 rooms, was evacuated Friday. About 24 homes in Incline Road housing area, near the Merced River, were also evacuated.

Multiple agencies with aircraft and bulldozers are battling the fire. About 1,000 firefighters are on-scene.

Tucker said canyon winds and the slope are helping spread the fire.

So far, the fire has not been contained.


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