Highway 140 from Mariposa and Merced into Yosemite has closed due to a mudslide. The slide was first reported just after 5 p.m. Monday evening following a day of heavy rain and thunder, authorities said.
“It was a combination of mud and debris that came onto the road, probably (stemming) from the El Portal and Dog Rock fires in 2014,” Martin said.
Several people abandoned their vehicles but were able to walk to the Yosemite View Lodge, the fire chief said.
“The park is open, the other routes into the park are open, but this short section of road coming into Yosemite Valley is impassable,” Martin said.
Traffic is being diverted at highways 140 and 120, Martin said, and motorists should take alternate routes into the park.