Progress made, but fires still scorch Sierras, north state

Firefighters continued to make progress Sunday on a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park, with most evacuation orders lifted Saturday night and the reopening of Highway 49.

The fire broke out Friday at 2:20 p.m. and by Sunday morning had spread to 300 acres about 10 miles east of Mariposa. CalFire said the blaze was 65 percent contained by Sunday morning, with 746 firefighting personnel and 91 engines deployed to battle the flames.

The fire is burning at Highway 49 and Harris Road, and an evacuation order remained in effect for the dirt portion of Harris Road, CalFire said.

Meanwhile, a massive series of fires in the far north state continued to cause difficulty for firefighters and Siskiyou County residents.

The Happy Camp Complex of fires had burned 96,869 acres and was 30 percent contained by Sunday morning, officials said. The fire, sparked by lightning at 1 a.m. Aug. 12, is being battled by 2,679 firefighting personnel and has generated $54.7 million in costs.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation advisories Saturday for some areas and lifted the evacuation order for the community of Hamburg.

Authorities said Highway 96 was closed for part of Saturday because of the fire but was open Sunday, although delays can be expected as pilot cars lead travelers through the area.

Parts of the Klamath National Forest remained under an emergency closure order.