Yosemite wildfire spreads rapidly near giant sequoia grove; campers evacuated

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Firefighters in Yosemite National Park have spread to more than 700 acres, firefighters said Saturday morning.

Within a day of the blaze, it had grown to 300 acres[300 ha]. More than 200 firefighters are working to put out the blaze, with more expected in the coming days.

The blaze broke out Thursday afternoon near some 500 Sequoia trees and the Washington suburb near Mariposa Grove in Yosemite’s largest Sequoia Grove. Groove in the southern part of Yosemite has been displaced and is temporarily closed. Workers began wrapping some trees in foil on Friday to protect them and prevent them from burning.

The fire was caused by a large number of dead and fallen trees, officials said. The weather is expected to be warm and dry in the coming days. So far, according to Yosemite Fire Updates, fire behavior is minimal. One of the dangers is long-distance fire – starting fires when new fires are taken too far.

On Friday afternoon, about 700 people were forced to leave the Waona and Waona camp community. The entrance to Yosemite National Park is closed at Highway 41 south of Friday.

Firefighters have set up fire at the New Life Church on Mariposa 5089 Cole Road, park officials said in a news release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Contains 0%.


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