California wildfire grows near Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite, a popular tourist destination, remains open. But several areas nearby are under mandatory evacuation orders, InciWeb said.

Published: 23rd July 2018 11:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2018 11:29 PM   |  A+A-

Wildfire at California. (Photo | AP)

By PTI

LOS ANGELES: The fire threatening Yosemite National Park in California raged through the weekend, growing in size to nearly 34,000 acres, authorities said today.

"Weather forecasts are calling for hotter and drier air throughout the week as conditions align for critical and extreme fire weather in the coming days," InciWeb, an inter-agency incident reporting site, said.

InciWeb said the so-called Ferguson fire was 13 per cent contained, an improvement over Friday when it was only seven per cent contained.

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Two DC-10 tanker planes and 46 helicopters have been used to slow the spread of the fire, while firefighters on the ground were working with heavy equipment to protect Yosemite National Park, which is east of the fire.

Yosemite, a popular tourist destination, remains open. But several areas nearby are under mandatory evacuation orders, InciWeb said.

Since the fire broke out in the Sierra Nevada mountains July 13 a 36-year-old firefighter has died and six others have been injured.

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