Remote, historic lodge north of Yosemite destroyed in fire |

Remote, historic lodge north of Yosemite destroyed in fire

Associated Press

SONORA, Calif. (AP) A fire early Monday morning destroyed a historic wooden lodge tucked in a remote wilderness area abutting the Stanislaus National Forest, company officials said.Since it opened in 1917, the Kennedy Meadows Resort & Pack Station had offered horseback riding trips to Sierra Nevada lakes and to the nearby Emigrant Wilderness area north of Yosemite National Park.The fire destroyed the main lodge building, including its store and restaurant, and spread to several cabins and other buildings before it was extinguished, according to the lodge’s Web site.No major injuries were reported, the Web site said.Located about 40 miles west of Bridgeport, Kennedy Meadows is surrounded by national forest land on all sides, but sits on a private 240-acre parcel owned by Pacific Gas & Electric that is leased by the resort’s operators, a PG&E spokeswoman said.The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s department did not immediately return calls seeking additional information Monday.Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.