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Forest fire grows, burns home

Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park remained closed this morning as firefighters attempted to control a 2,600-acre fire near El Portal that has burned at least one structure and filled the skies over parts of Tuolumne and Calaveras counties with smoke.

Overnight, the El Portal Fire, burning since Saturday evening, grew to 2,632 acres and prompted the evacuation of about 100 cabins in Old El Portal and about 45 in Foresta, as well as the campgrounds at Crane Flat, Bridalveil and Yosemite creeks.

A  community meeting is set for 6 p.m. today at El Portal Elementary School.

Big Oak Flat Road remained closed this morning between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road.

As of this morning, the fire was 5 percent contained, meaning 95 percent of the fire’s perimeter was uncontrolled.

Resources assigned to the fire included four Hot Shot airborne firefighting crews, two bulldozers, five “Type 3” wildland-engine strike teams, eight airtankers, six helicopters and a DC10 airplane used to dump retardant.

In all, about 500 people are involved in the firefight.

The fire was reported at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, according to park officials.

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