Evacuated Residents in El Portal Get Update on Fire

Evacuated Residents in El Portal Get Update on Fire

Fire fighters are making progress on the El Portal fire burning near Yosemite National Park. The fire started Saturday afternoon near El Portal. And flames have burned at least 2,700 acres and destroyed one home. Residents in El Portal and Foresta were forced to evacuate. The fate of their homes in the hands of fire fighters working on the ground and from the air to save the communities.
Fire fighters are making progress on the El Portal fire burning near Yosemite National Park.

The fire started Saturday afternoon near El Portal. And flames have burned at least 2,700 acres and destroyed one home.

Residents in El Portal and Foresta were forced to evacuate. The fate of their homes in the hands of fire fighters working on the ground and from the air to save the communities.

All throughout the day, fire fighters have attacked the flames threatening homes in El Portal. Pulling water form small creeks and rivers to battle the huge flames that have charred thousands of acres.

They destroyed one woman's home. She was alerted by a neighbor who saw the fire rushing towards her house. "It was a matter of moments from it going from white, wispy smoke in the El Portal area to a big, black, churning cloud to this orange wall of flames coming our direction (5400) in five minutes it turned into trees torching around our house," she said.

The woman shared her story Monday night at the community meeting at El Portal School. Representatives from the National Park Service and Forest Service said fire fighters are making progress against the flames.

"The fire has stopped over the road in several places," one fire fighter told the gathering.

It has been a very tense two days as residents in El Portal and Foresta grabbed what they could as sheriff's deputies told them to evacuate.

"I've been through four or five of these fires over the last 20 years. It's always a concern, but we've always held up pretty well around here. And the fire crews are pretty amazing around here," said Ken Yaeger who was forced to evacuate.

Yaeger came back to see if he could pick up some items from his home. Even though he has confidence in the skills of fire fighters, the drought, and extremely dry conditions have him worried.

"I'm sure everybody in the foothills is going to be concerned, it's going to be a bad year," Yaeger said.
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