Highway 140 will be reopened to the public at noon Friday, Caltrans said, after the route was closed Thursday as a preemptive measure against possible mudslides and debris caused by heavy rainfall in Mariposa County.
The closure, which covered the area around the Ferguson Fire burn scar in Mariposa County from Midpines to near the Yosemite National Park entrance, began at 2 a.m. Thursday. The National Park Service also closed the highway into Yosemite National Park, from the park boundary to Big Oak Flat Road junction, but that stretch was reopned at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Caltrans reported three to four separate mudlsides Thursday and even more debris throughout the highway. No injuries were reported.
Dan Hartey, National Weather Service Hanford meteorologist, reported 1 to 2 inches of rain throughout Mariposa County on Thursday.
A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service early Wednesday afternoon for central Mariposa County and southeast Tuolumne County. The communities of Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Auberry and North Fork were also issued a flash flood warning for Wednesday morning to Friday morning.
Hartey said there were no weather issues in eastern Madera County as a result of the rainfall.
He said that signs point to much lighter showers Friday, but another storm front could be moving in Saturday.
The reopening of Highway 140 is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, equipment availability or other issues, according the the California Highway Patrol.