October 12, 2014 12:13 p.m. PDT
Firefighters have completed debris removal on Highway 140/El Portal Road to allow both lanes to open this morning. The Highway 140 entrance to the park re-opened at 8 a.m. Firefighters and fire engines are stationed along the highway, and travelers should use extreme caution and expect delays when driving through the fire area. Engine and hand crews will be patrolling Highway 140, watching for rolling material and hotspots. Crews on the north side of the fire will complete removal of the hoses and equipment that were used for mop-up. The weather today will be hot and dry so smoke from the interior of the fire may be visible. A Type 3 incident management team will take over management of the fire at 6 p.m. this evening. This team will work alongside the Type 1 team today in order to assure a smooth transition of command, and will continue to manage the fire until full containment is achieved and firelines are returned to as natural condition as possible.