Yosemite: Wildfire forces closure of Mariposa Grove

YOSEMITE – The Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park was closed after a wildfire ignited Thursday near the lower portion of the popular destination, officials said.

In a statement issued shortly before 5:30 p.m., the park said the Washburn Fire had burned 5 to 8 acres. The blaze was later mapped at 46 acres, according to the Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System.

“Firefighters are suppressing the fire from the ground and air,” the park said.

The Mariposa Grove, which is home to Yosemite’s largest grove of sequoias, is closed until further notice, according to the park. All other areas of the park are open.

Contributed by local news sources

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