TUOLUMNE COUNTY, CA - A forest fire has jumped Highway 120, forcing the closure of a main road in and out of Yosemite National Park.
The Rim Fire burning in the Stanislaus National Forest has climbed to 10,170 acres since it was first reported Saturday afternoon, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Additionally, authorities evacuated communities in the Ferretti Road area Tuesday afternoon. The Forest Service says approximately 2,500 structures are threatened to the west of the fire along Ferretti Road north of Highway 120. Two residences and five outbuilding were destroyed Monday. The flames are moving in a southeasterly direction in steep terrain.
Some 455 personnel have been assigned to the fire.
Highway 120 is closed at Smith Station west of Buck Meadows to four miles east of Buck Meadows (about seven miles east of Groveland). The town of Buck Meadows was evacuated Monday; there are evacuation centers at the Sonora Fairgrounds, Manzanita Building, 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora, and at Greely Hill Community center.
No traffic is being allowed out of Yosemite on westbound 120. Alternate Yosemite routes are Highway 140 (through Mariposa in the south) and Highway 41. The park is open.
A Red Flag warning for dry lightning strikes remains in effect for most of Northern California. Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said in the 24 hours since 9 a.m. Monday, there have been more than 3,400 lightning strikes starting 40 new fires that have burned 350 acres.