Yosemite National Park officials said a rock slide has closed Highway 140 near Yosemite Park on Thursday morning.
Officials said on their Facebook page that the El Portal Road (Highway 140) is closed from the park boundary in El Portal to the junction of El Portal Road/Big Oak Flat Road (Highways 140/120).
Highway 140 is closed until further notice due to rockfall in #Yosemite National Park: https://t.co/IW9OtsN3O0. pic.twitter.com/QNujnApZiT
— Yosemite National Pk (@YosemiteNPS) January 7, 2016
Officials added the road will remain closed as park crews assess the situation.
Officials said that there is no estimated time for reopening.
The rockfall occurred below the Arch Rock Entrance Station in the area of the Dog Rock Fire, which occurred in October 2014.
Heading to El Portal to see the massive rockslide in person. The 5:45 am rockfall has closed Hwy 140 in this area. pic.twitter.com/kjU1eIAa3W
— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) January 7, 2016
There were no injuries associated with the rockfall and Yosemite National Park Rangers and road crews are currently assessing the situation.
The Wawona Road (Highway 41) and the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 west) remain open with chain restrictions. All roads within Yosemite Valley remain open with chain restrictions as well.
Visitors must carry chains in their vehicle when entering a chain control area. Lodging and other facilities in El Portal are accessible.
For the most current road conditions, please call 209-372-0200. Press option “1” and then “1” again to go directly to the road conditions report.