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Railroad Fire: Sugar Pine & Fish Camp evacuated, 41 closed

Sugar Pine Railroad sign burning Tuesday afternoon (Photo courtesy of Madera County Sheriff’s Office)

UPDATE: Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:00 a.m. - The fire has grown to 11,603 acres and is 43% contained.

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UPDATE: Saturday, September 2, 2017 11:30 a.m. - The Railroad fire is now 10% contained and has burned 4,360 acres.

Closures still in effect include:

Highway 41 is closed in both directions from south of Wawona to Cedar Valley Drive. Yosemite visitors should use Highway 49 to Highway 140 or 120 for entrance to the National Park. The Summerdale, Big Sandy, and Nelder Grove Campgrounds on the Sierra National Forest are closed. Sky Ranch Road is closed at Buckskin. The camps at Redwood, Paradise Springs, and Calvin Crest are closed.

Fire officials say communities in the Sky Ranch Road area are under an advisory evacuation. That means if people are not comfortable staying in their homes, they are advised to leave.

UPDATE:

5:00 p.m. - The Railroad Fire has now burned 1,200 acres and is only 5% contained, according U.S. Forest Service officials.

There are more than 300 fire personnel trying to gain the upper hand on that wildfire and the cause is still under investigation.

Fire officials say Highway 41 is still closed between Cedar Valley Drive and South entrance into Yosemite National Park.

They say Yosemite visitors should use Highway 49 to Mariposa.

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3:00 p.m. - Evacuation Orders have been issued for all of Fish Camp from the Mariposa County Line to the Yosemite National Park Entrance.

Residents will need to evacuate using Highway 41 northbound through Yosemite National Park.

Tenaya Lodge has been placed on a voluntary evacuation, but that could change at any time.


A shelter has been established at the Oakhurst Community Center, located at 39800 Fresno Flats Rd. in Oakhurst.

Additional shelter locations are on standby in Mariposa County if needed due to road closures.


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FISH CAMP, Calif. 1:00 p.m. - The town of Sugar Pine and Sugar Pine Camp are under a mandatory evacuation order because of a wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon around 12:30 p.m.

Yosemite National Park has also stopped all southbound traffic coming from the park because of the fire.

Highway 41 is closed in both directions at Tenaya Lodge.

The fire is burning near the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.

The US Forest Service says the fire is "burning in steep terrain with heavy fuel loading."

As of 2:30 p.m., the fire has grown to about 60 acres and has a total of 200 personnel working the fire lines. There are also 15 engines, 4 hand crews, 3 helicopters and 10 air tankers working the fire.






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