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The Latest: Forest fire grows in the eastern Sierra Nevada

September 5, 2018

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a forest fire in the eastern Sierra Nevada (all times local):

2:34 p.m.

A forest fire in the eastern Sierra Nevada has grown to more than 4½ square miles (11.6 square kilometers) and impacts on travel are increasing.

The California Department of Transportation says Wednesday that State Route 108 is now closed from the Alpine-Mono county line to U.S. 395, which was already shut down in the region.

Caltrans says the U.S. 395 closure extends from the town of Bridgeport to just south of the community of Walker.

The so-called Boot Fire began Tuesday in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Evacuation orders remain in place for the Bootleg, Chris Flat and Sonora Bridge campgrounds. Unspecified structures are threatened in the Burchum Flats area east of Walker Canyon.

Additional firefighting resources have been summoned.

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A forest fire has forced closure of a stretch of U.S. 395 in the eastern Sierra Nevada.

The California Highway Patrol says the highway will remain closed until 6 a.m. Thursday from the north end of the town of Bridgeport to the south end of Coleville. The CHP says State Route 108 may be closed if the fire continues to move in that direction.

The highway was shut down shortly after the so-called Boot Fire broke out Tuesday afternoon.

The Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center says as of Wednesday morning the fire has grown to 2,000 acres, or just over 3 square miles (7.7 square kilometers).

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