Union Democrat staff

According to Yosemite National Park, the Big Oak Flat Road remains closed today between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road while firefighters dealt with a 2,100-acre blaze near El Portal. Residents in the small communities of Old El Portal and Foresta, as well as campers in Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek and Yosemite Creek, have been evacuated.

The fire was only 5 percent contained as of this morning, and multiple hot shot crews, aircraft, wildland engines and other heavy machinery remained assigned to the fire.

According to Yosemite National Park, the fire started at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Further information on the cause was not available today.

The Big Oak Flat Road is the only connecting road between Highway 120 and the Yosemite Valley. While the road remains closed, park visitors can take the Highway 120 entrance to visit Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows but must use the Highway 140 or 41 entrances to access the popular valley.

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