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Update On The South Fork Fire Near Wawona

YOSEMITE — The fire burning near the community of Wawona is putting up a lot of smoke, but resources are on scene.

The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 20-30 acres, and moving upslope to the northeast. There is no estimate of containment at this time.

Access to the fire’s location is not possible with engines, but there is a full suppression effort underway, including two Type 1 helicopters, two Type 2’s and at least one Hot Shot crew.

Residents of Wawona are being advised of the fire, but no evacuations are being ordered at this time, and Chilnualna Falls trail has been closed at the bottom.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m., and is burning at the South Fork of the Merced River drainage, south of Wawona Dome.

According to park officials, the fire is approximately one mile from the Swinging Bridge.

We will update as new information becomes available.

 

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