This afternoon, a wildfire broke out in the hills northeast of Mariposa, outside Yosemite National Park. Fire crews are on scene and the extent and cause are still unknown. Some homes have been evacuated. The fire is far from the park itself and currently there is no impact. All roads are open. Mariposa lies on CA Hwy 140 which is a major artery into the park. It sees a lot of traffic to Yosemite off I-5 and CA-99 through Merced.
The Ferguson Ridge Rockfall between Mariposa and the Arch Rock Gate may be a problem if the fire is that far north. The temporary one lane bridge may not be able to allow large fire trucks on it.
If you plan to stay in Mariposa, Midpines, Indian Flat or El Portal, check with locals on accessibility. The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce can assist at 888-425-3366.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Fire in the hole.”
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com