Yosemite National Park will close Tioga Road at noon today between Crane Flat and White Wolf to make sure fire defenses are ready in case the Rim fire moves into the area.
The road will likely remain closed at least through Labor Day weekend, a park official said.
Tuolumne Meadows and other attractions in the park's high country will remain open, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. But visitors could reach those attractions only from the east gate at Tioga Pass, he said.
The park already has closed the section between the Big Oak Flat entrance on Highway 120 to Crane Flat. The Crane Flat to White Wolf section is about 12 miles long.
The nearly 180,000-acre Rim fire is mostly in Stanislaus National Forest. It now ranks as California's seventh biggest fire since records began in the 1930s.
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