Wildfire closes part of Yosemite National Park near Mariposa Grove

A portion of Yosemite National Park was forced to close as firefighters worked Thursday night to contain a wildfire that was burning in the park.

The Washburn fire had grown to 60 to 70 acres just after 7 p.m. and was burning in the Mariposa Grove area in the southern portion of the park, said Scott Gediman, a spokesman for Yosemite.

Though the park broadly remains open, the area around the fire is closed to the public, Gediman said.

According to a tweet from park officials, firefighters are working from the ground and from the air to put down the blaze.

The grove is home to the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite with more than 500 mature giant sequoias and is a popular place to visit in the park.

Further information about the fire was not immediately available.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-07/washburn-fire-yosemite-national-park-partial-closure-mariposa-grove Wildfire closes part of Yosemite National Park near Mariposa Grove

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