LOS ANGELES -- Officials have ordered more mandatory evacuations as firefighters battle a growing wildfire near Yosemite National Park.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday that the blaze has burned 38,000 acres and is about 25 percent contained.
The new evacuations cover communities outside the park’s north side.
Authorities on Tuesday ordered visitors to leave all campsites and lodgings by noon Wednesday.
Park spokesman Scott Gediman says Yosemite Valley -- the heart of the visitor experience at the park -- along with a mountainous, 20-mile stretch of California’s State Route 41 will close.
He says the park isn’t under imminent danger from the nearby fire. Smoke from the blaze is obscuring the valley’s grand vistas of waterfalls and sheer granite faces.
The closure is expected to last through Sunday.