Officials say the massive wildland blaze — fueled by gusty, erratic winds and dry conditions — jumped across containment lines along Highway 41 on Friday night, moving toward Yosemite's ski and snowboard area at Badger Pass, where some fire crews are based.
Ferguson Fire information officer Michelle Eidam says the growth forced fire crews at Badger Pass to shelter in place.
"The firefighters were prepared," she said. "They had fire engines and the protections in place to be there and protect those buildings and to protect that camp. At the same time, non-essential personnel, anyone who didn't need to remain at that camp, was escorted out."
Eidam says the blaze also burned across Glacier Point Road, which leads to the Badger Pass, cutting off the primary exit route from the camp, but she said all non-essential personnel were already evacuated at that point.