General El Portal Fire Information
- At 6:00 PM yesterday, a Type 1 Fire Management Team, from Southern California, was given command of this fire. The fire is on both NPS lands and Stanislaus National Forest. Joint Unified Command has been established.
- The fire is currently 2,632 acres and 5% contained.
- The El Portal fire began in the community of El Portal at approximately 3:15 pm on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
- 585 Fire Personnel
- 4 Hot Shot Crews, 2 Dozers, 5 Type 3 (Wildland Engine) Strike Teams
- Aircraft – fixed winged tankers and helicopters are being used during daylight hours. Those resources include 8 tankers, 6 helicopters and a DC10 (VLAT – or Very Large Air Tanker).
Evacuations and Structure Threat
- Evacuations are still in effect for Foresta and Old El Portal.
- Structures are threatened and there has been one structure lost in Foresta. Strike teams have been stationed at residences to protect these facilities at this time.
Campgrounds and Roads Affected
- Crane Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are closed.
- Bridalveil Campground is being used for fire operations and is therefore closed.
- The Big Oak Flat Road is closed between Crane Flat south to Highway 140. This is a hard closure until further notice for the public, employees and residents.
For more information:
Future fire updates for the El Portal Fire will be provided by the Type 1 Incident Management Team, working closely with park management. Fire information call center: 209/372-0327 or 209/372-0328.
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