VIDEO: Out of Control Rim Fire Spreads to Yosemite National Park


(CNN) — A large wildfire in California is now burning inside Yosemite National Park, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday.

The Rim Fire has burned 105,620 acres, Forest Service spokesman Bjorn Fredrickson said. The fire is only 2% contained.

The part of the fire burning inside Yosemite is a remote wilderness area, but smoke could be an issue for visitors, depending on where they are camping, he said.

The immediate impact on the park is the continuation of a road closure that is resulting in a half-hour detour for visitors trying to enter from the west.

The area of Yosemite that is burning is about eight miles into the park, Fredrickson said. The fire is burning north of Camp Mather near Lake Eleanor.

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