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Conditions on Highway 140 during November 2018 in Ferguson Fire burn area - photo Caltrans

Rains Lead To Mudslides And Debris Flows On Highway 140

MARIPOSA — With portions of Highway 140 closed for public safety during the current storms, Caltrans says crews are working tirelessly to patrol, clear, maintain, and eventually re-open the roadway in the Ferguson Fire burn scar in Mariposa County.

Midpines Maintenance Supervisor Jess McCoy provided these photos of his crew at work as mud, rocks, vegetation and other materials cover the road.

There were three or four mudslides overnight, as well as at least one temporarily plugged culvert (drain). Heavy rain of more than one inch per hour on average is expected until tonight.

The SR-140 closure — which begins near Midpines at Bear Creek and continues up to Foresta Road in El Portal — has no estimated time of opening. That is dependent on the weather and any resulting mudslides.

SR-140’s continuation within Yosemite National Park is also closed. For current road conditions within the park, call (209) 372-0200, press 1, then 1 again.

Follow Caltrans District 10 on Twitter @CaltransDist10 for any updates throughout the day.

Thank you, and drive safely!

For more information on the Highway 140 closure, click here.

Click here for a video of the mudslides and debris on the highway.

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