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Fire Reported Near Wawona Inside Yosemite

YOSEMITE — A huge plume of smoke is visible for miles as a new fire is burning near the community of Wawona inside Yosemite National Park. The fire is reported to be burning at the South Fork of the Merced River drainage, south of Wawona Dome. The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. We do not have an acreage ...

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Update On The Empire Fire Burning In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire, burning in the wilderness area of Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 850 acres. There are currently 33 personnel assigned to the incident, who are continuing to improve hand lines where necessary and conduct firing operations as needed along existing lines. The southwest side of the fire continues to work its way south along ...

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Firefighters Make Good Progress On The Butte Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The lightning-caused Butte Fire, burning on the Sierra National Forest, is now estimated at 630 acres. Moderating fire behavior allowed firefighters to make good progress yesterday, achieving 40 percent containment. UPDATE: Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. – The fire is now estimated at 635 acres with 45 percent containment. The fire was first reported on Aug. ...

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Why Are Fires Allowed To Burn In Yosemite National Park?

YOSEMITE — With smoke from the Empire Fire affecting many iconic views in Yosemite National Park, many may wonder why they are allowed to burn. Recent weather events have sparked at least seven lightning fires in the park — most less than one-quarter acre —  and those fires are all part of the natural ecology of the area, as was ...

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Butte Fire On Sierra NF Now 15 Percent Contained

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The lightning-caused Butte Fire, burning on the Sierra National Forest, is now estimated at 570 acres with 15 percent containment. The fire was first reported on Aug. 7, and is burning in the Ansel Adams Wilderness north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and south of Cargyle Meadow. Initial suppression actions were successful ...

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Empire Fire In Yosemite Is Now 750 Acres

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire, burning in the wilderness area of Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 750 acres. Smoke from the fire continues to impact surrounding areas, especially in the morning hours. The fire is burning in red fir timber, dormant brush and hardwood slash, with pockets of green leaf manzanita and chinquapin brush as well as heavy ...

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Butte Fire Burning On The Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – On Monday, Aug. 7, Sierra National Forest (NF) fire crews first responded to the Butte Fire, a lightning-caused fire burning between Cargyle and Stairway Creeks in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Initial suppression actions have been successful in channeling the direction of the fire, despite active burning in steep, rugged terrain, with difficult access. As of this ...

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Detwiler Suppression Repair Efforts Halted

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Suppression repair work on the Detwiler Fire has been suspended due to high fire danger. On Sunday, July 16, the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit of Cal Fire responded to the Detwiler Fire, which started in the Hunters Valley are of Mariposa County. As of Tuesday, Aug. 8, the fire is 81,826 acres and 98 percent contained. Fire crews have ...

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Empire Fire In Yosemite Now Over 400 Acres

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire in Yosemite is now estimated at 412 acres. The lightning-cause fire was first reported on July 31. It is burning in the wilderness area in a red fire forest, approximately one mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage, and is being managed for both resource ...

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More Fires In North Fork And Coarsegold Tonight

NORTH FORK — Just minutes after the Rancheria Cal Fire engines were released from the Lark Fire on Road 225, another vegetation fire was reported, this one on Road 221 just north of the stop sign at Road 223. The first engine at scene reported it at about a 50 x 50 spot, burning on the east side of the ...

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