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Yosemite National Park wildfire continues to grow

Fire crews during a previous prescribed burn in Yosemite. In addition to the fires burning in Southern California, a portion of Yosemite National Park is also ablaze.

The Big Meadow fire started as a prescribed burn of 90 acres Wednesday by park fire crews and has grown to engulf 2,244 acres after the crew was unable to contain the blaze within the set boundaries.

Campers at Crane Flat and Tamarack Flat campgrounds  and residents in the community of Foresta have been evacuated and the areas remain closed. No structures have been lost.

Three trails to El Capitan -- Tamarack Creek (Flat), Old Big Oak Flat and Rockslides -- are closed.

The portion of Big Oak Flat Road between the Crane Flat gas station and the intersection of El Portal and Big Oak Flat roads also remain closed, with no projected opening date at this time.

National Park Service firefighters continue to battle the wildfire, which is currently 10% contained.

--Kelly Burgess

Photo: Fire crews during a previous prescribed burn in Yosemite. Credit: Adrienne Freeman / NPS

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Comments (4)

It is obviously another "Timber salvage" burn. This allows timber interests to salvage (clear cut) our national parks. It is not right but it is good business, for someone.

Are they mad? We left Yosemite on Wednesday via the West entrance and were conscious from early on that the weather had changed and the wind speed increased. The temperature also had risen significantly from Tuesday. What did they expect?
Chris Searle, London, England.

July-Sept and maybe even Oct (depending on the dry conditions) is the worst time of year to do controlled burns.... Everyone knows that, except the Forest Service. Now look, another fire in California and alot of the personal is in Southern Califonria trying to contain the Angeles Forest Fire that is burning out of control and now another fire started today in Yucipa..

Control burns should be banned during this time of the year.

What a strange time of year to do prescribed burning.


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