FRESNO — An out-of-control forest fire threatening about 2,500 structures near Yosemite National Park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western U.S. on Wednesday.
The remote blaze in Stanislaus National Forest west of Yosemite grew to more than 25 square miles and was only 5 percent contained, threatening homes, hotels and camp buildings.
The fire has forced the evacuation of a private gated community of Pine Mountain Lake, as well as that of several organized camps, at least two campgrounds and dozens of other private homes. The blaze has already destroyed two residences and seven outbuildings.
The fire also caused the closure of a 4-mile stretch of State Route 120, one of the gateways into Yosemite on the west side. Park officials said the park remains open to visitors and can be accessed via state Routes 140 and 4.
The fire was among the nation's top firefighting priorities, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.