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Winds have been pushing a wildfire that erupted Monday toward a tiny town of Weed, near the base of Mount Shasta in Northern California. The fire has already damaged or destroyed 100 homes and forced at least 1,500 people to flee.
Thousands of Californians have been forced to flee wildfires burning across the state, including one near Yosemite National Park that has destroyed at least 21 structures, authorities said. Firefighters are 11 wildfires in California force thousands to evacuate Thousands of Californians have been forced to flee wildfires burning across the state, including one near Yosemite National Park that has destroyed at least 21 structures, authorities said.
In this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 photo, a firefighter walks past a burning structure on Cedar Drive in Oakhurst, Calif., as two raging wildfires in the state forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.
On Sunday, hundreds of California residents were forced to evacuate their homes as wildfires ravaged the area, seriously damaging or destroying 21 buildings. The fire started around 1:30 p.m. just outside of Oakhurst, a town just south of Yosemite National Park, and, spurred on by powerful winds, quickly burned at least 320 acres.
A jet tanker drops fire retardant on the Courtney fire, which started Sunday afternoon and quickly swept to the edge of Bass Lake. A jet tanker drops fire retardant on the Courtney fire, which started Sunday afternoon and quickly swept to the edge of Bass Lake.
Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to flee from their homes on Sunday, including one near a lakeside resort town that has destroyed several structures, authorities said. The blaze, sparked shortly after 1:30 p.m. near Bass Lake in Central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of 400 homes, Madera County Sheriff's spokeswoman Erika Stuart said.
A bill introduced by 2nd District Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week allows private landowners on the North Coast to cut larger trees while thinning to create defensible space for wildfire protection, according to James Robbins, a Forester III with Cal Fire. Assembly Bill 2142 adds Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino and Sonoma to inland counties previously entered into a three-year Forest Prevention Pilot Project enacted by the passage of AB 744 following the 2013 Rim Fire, which burned 250,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park, according to a press release from Chesbro's office.
Yosemite National Park officials estimate that the effort to put out a 4,960-acre blaze has cost $3.9 million to date. The Meadow fire remains at 50% contained and has drawn help from 536 firefighters.
For most of August, Yosemite National Park -heck, the whole Sierra range-was pummeled by the kind of thunderstorm, complete with hail, that I associate with summers back East. So, a few weeks ago, when three friends and I hiked the trails linking Vogelsang, Merced Lake, and Sunrise High Sierra Camps, we spent a lot of the time worrying about being struck by lightning.
A bear and her cub cross a road in Yosemite National Park. The bears have become a "major issue" for firefighters battling the Meadow fire near Half Dome, officials said this week.
Firefighters were making progress Wednesday as they sought to control a blaze that had blackened more than 4,500 rugged acres near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, with officials estimating containment at 10 percent. The Meadow Fire, which authorities believe ignited in a lightning storm July 19 and then exploded over the weekend due to heavy winds, forced the helicopter evacuation of 85 people on Sunday.
A fire burning in a remote part of Yosemite National Park is now ten percent contained but is still sending smoke into the main valley. Half Dome Trail and the Half Dome cables are both closed because of proximity to the fire.
If you hope to see the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park this month, you'll need to plan on a weekend visit if you're driving directly there.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 02:24 am
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