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El Portal Fire Day 5: Containment at 34 percent

Tourists stop at a turnout off Highway 41 just past Wawona Tunnel in Yosemite National Park to catch a view of the El Portal Fire Tuesday afternoon. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
Firefighters are getting a handle on the El Portal Fire burning in Yosemite National Park and evacuations for the cabin community of Old El Portal have been lifted.

The fire grew another 500 acres on Tuesday, putting the total acreage burned now at 3,545, according to a National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service update this morning. 

Monsoon booms through Mother Lode

A brief summer storm brought lightning and light rain to the foothills Tuesday night.

The storm was the result of monsoonal moisture creeping into the Sierra, which is expected to weaken by this afternoon.


Supervisors uphold Moke River stance

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday night to reaffirm its February support of state “Wild and Scenic” protection for the Mokelumne River.

Nearly 50 people, including numerous elected leaders from neighboring Amador County, spoke before the board during Tuesday’s standing-room-only meeting. The emotional back-and-forth public testimony included passionate arguments on both sides of the issue.


Mayo named new Visitors Bureau chief; Sikes retiring

The Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau board of directors Tuesday night announced Lisa Mayo will be the bureau’s new executive director.

Mayo will replace 26-year executive director Nanci Sikes, who announced her retirement in June. Sikes will remain in the position through October.


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