Hwy 140 in Mariposa Co. closes due to potential mudslides

Photo of the mudslides on Highway 140. (Courtesy: CalTrans District 10)

Caltrans is closing Highway 140 in Mariposa County due to mudslides and debris flow in the Ferguson Fire burn scar area.

The closure begins at 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning from Bear Creek for about 17 miles to Foresta Road, on the west side of El Portal.

Crews spent Wednesday afternoon clearing debris and removing trees that were damaged in the Ferguson Fire.

The massive fire burned nearly 97,000 acres over the summer.

The closure is expected to remain in effect through at least 8 p.m. Thursday.

"The reopening of Highway 140 will depend on the impact of the weather," says Thomas Lawrence, spokesman for Caltrans District 10, which includes Mariposa County.

Follow Caltrans District 10 on Twitter @CaltransDist10 for updates on the SR-140 closure and traffic information.

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