Highway closed by fire near Yosemite to reopen

By: By TRACIE CONE (Associated Press)
By: By TRACIE CONE (Associated Press)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- One of the main roads leading into Yosemite National Park will be reopened after being closed for the past five days due to a wildfire.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman says Monday that all evacuation orders in the area will be lifted at 9 p.m., and that Highway 140 will reopen to traffic by 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire is burning along the Highway 140 corridor in the Stanislaus National Forest leading to Yosemite and has scorched more than 4,775 acres -- or 7.5 square miles -- since it began Thursday. It was sparked when a motor home caught fire.

Gediman says firefighters made enough progress on Sunday night and Monday, that all of the communities once in harm's way were no longer threatened.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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