One of the nation's most valuable resources and popular travel destinations is in danger. The Rim Fire burning through California has now entered Yosemite National Park, a Forest Service spokesperson said Friday. Officials stress the park is still open, but Highway 120 west of the area has been closed.
The fast moving Rim Fire reportedly doubled in size in a day, to about 165 square miles.
The wildfire has already raged through 106,000 acres, and has spread east from Stanislaus National Forest to part of Yosemite. The fire is only 2% contained.
According to Ranger Kari Cobb, the fire burned 11,000 acres in a remote wilderness area of Yosemite, but has had no direct effect on the park's Yosemite Valley area, which is about 20 miles away. Yosemite Valley is one of the park's tourist-heavy attractions.
Smoke could become an issue with tourists, but so far weather is cooperating.
More than 1,800 firefighters have been battling the flames on the ground and by aircraft. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire had destroyed 16 structures as of Friday, according to InciWeb. The locations of those structures weren't listed. Also according to InciWeb, another 4,500 structures are under threat from the Rim Fire. For information on advisory evacuations issues, click here.