TUOLUMNE COUNTY, CA - Highway 120 in and out of Yosemite National Park and a small town along the highway are off-limits as firefighters attack the Rim Fire.
The town of Bucks Meadow about 10 miles east of Groveland and nearby campgrounds along 120 were evacuated Monday, according to the county sheriff. The highway is closed four miles west of Groveland Ranger Station and four miles east of Buck Meadows.
No westbound vehicles on Highway 120 were being allowed out of Yosemite. Alternate routes are highways 140 and 41.
Some structures have burned, according to Cal Fire.
The blaze is burning in the steep Clavey River Canyon, which is covered in brush, oaks and conifer, the U.S. Forest Service says. The area is part of the Stanislaus National Forest and since it was first reported last Saturday afternoon, 800 acres have gone up in flames.
Due to the terrain, aircraft have been the primary means of fighting the fire.
The Forest Service has not said a cause for the fire.
The area is part of the larger Northern California/Bay Area under a red flag warning for lightning through Thursday morning.