Wildfire to close part of Yosemite National Park
Part of Yosemite National Park in California will be closed for several days as crews try to stop a growing wildfire, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.
A stretch of highway through the park will close Wednesday at noon through Sunday, officials said.
“Get yourself out of here if you can,” Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds told a community meeting, according to the Fresno Bee.
The section of the park is known as Yosemite Valley. It offers views of Half Dome, Bridal Veil Fall, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.
Flames have charred more than 57 square miles of forest in the Sierra Nevada just west of the park over the last two weeks, the AP said.
More than 3,300 firefighters were working the fire. One firefighter was killed July 14 and six others have been injured, the wire service said.