Update: Fire Near Yosemite Tops 16,000 Acres
A wildfire burning west of Yosemite National Park has forced evacuations and the closure of Highway 120, blocking one of the key entryways to the popular tourist destination.
The Rim Fire had grown to 16,228 acres as it burned into a fifth day Wednesday morning, and firefighters had only achieved 5% containment, according to a spokesperson for the interagency incident management team.
The fire threatened more than 2,000 structures, including homes, hotels and camp buildings, as it burned eastward on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
Communities along Ferretti Road were evacuated, along with Camp Towanga and the Spinning Wheel and Sawmill campgrounds.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, the fire was among the nation’s top firefighting priorities, the AP reports.
Fifty-one major uncontained wildfires are burning throughout the West, according to the center, including in California, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. More than 19,000 firefighters were fighting the fires.