A fire on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park has grown to more than 1,100 acres after a prescribed burn grew out of control on Wednesday.
The Big Meadow Fire was originally supposed to burn 90 acres near the community of Foresta, but it burned beyond fire lines Wednesday morning, forcing highway closures. National Park Service firefighters ordered additional air tankers, bulldozers and ground crews to help fight the fire.
Residents of Foresta and campers in the Crane Flat Campground were moved and access to these areas is being restricted. Highway 120 through Yosemite will remain closed until further notice.
Juliana Petters and her husband were among the tourists forced to leave. Petters, who is nearly seven months pregnant, told ABC Channel 30 that she had to leave their rented cabin at 1 a.m. Thursday. Video of the fire captured by Petters will be available on MercedSunStar.com later this afternoon.
Approximately 500 firefighters are fighting the blaze, with support from agencies in Mariposa County, Stanislaus National Forest, Sierra National Forest and Cal Fire.
The fire is 10 percent contained.