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Parts of Yosemite National Park closed due to wildfire

Firefighters continue to battle a huge fire burning west of Yosemite National Park. Tourists are being forced to leave the area after evacuation orders to clear campsites and lodges.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 8:00 AM

Firefighters are continuing to battle a huge fire burning west of Yosemite National Park.

Tourists are being forced to leave the area after evacuation orders to clear campsites and lodges.

Park officials tell the Associated Press that Yosemite Valley and a 20-mile stretch of California's State Route 41 will close Wednesday at noon. It is expected to be closed through Sunday.

The park isn't under threat from the fire, however officials decided it was safer to close some areas so crews could perform protective measures. They will be working to burn away brush along roadways, without tourist traffic.

Smoke is also covering the parks scenic viewers.

As of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire is reporting that the fire was 25 percent contained, at 38,522 acres.

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