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South Fork Fire near Wawona - photo by Andy Platfoot

Wawona Residents Warned To Be Prepared To Evacuate

YOSEMITE — A hazard alert message is being issued for the community of Wawona due to the South Fork Fire, burning just east of the community along the Merced River.

The fire is now estimated at 400 acres with 0 percent containment.

Extreme fire behavior is being reported including torching, short crown and uphill runs.

There are currently 25 personnel on scene of the fire and they are aggressively suppressing the fire spread toward the community of Wawona on the west flank of fire.

The Wawona warning says the threat is of low potential and may require evacuation in 24 hours or more. Camp Wawona and homes on Chilnualna Falls Road are under a voluntary evacuation.

“Residents and visitors are encouraged to make appropriate pre-evacuation preparations. Smoke impacts are expected to be heavy starting this evening throughout the entire community.

“If there is an actual need for evacuation, there will be door to door notifications by park staff.”

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  approximately one mile upstream from the Swinging Bridge.

The fire is in a rugged wilderness area, and the cause is under investigation.

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