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Cal Fire Airtankers No Longer Grounded

SACRAMENTO – This morning Cal Fire announced that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has advised their department that no structural failures or aging aircraft issues were found in their investigation of the Tanker 81 accident that took the life of pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. “In light ...

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Fire Activity Decreases On Dog Rock Fire

YOSEMITE – Officials are reporting that fire activity has decreased significantly on the Dog Rock fire, which is now estimated at 311 acres with 20% containment. They anticipate that far less smoke will be visible today. The view from the Yosemite Conservancy’s webcam on Turtleback Dome shows little to no smoke showing this morning at 11 a.m.

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Dog Rock Fire Now 25% Contained

YOSEMITE – Firefighters made excellent progress on the lines today at the Dog Rock Fire, which is now estimated at 279 acres with 25% containment. Due to their efforts, the evacuation of Foresta was lifted this afternoon. Control lines and hoselays along the north end of the fire are complete, and crews are working to mop-up that area of the ...

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Cause Of Dog Rock Fire Released

YOSEMITE – Fire investigators have determined the cause of the Dog Rock Fire. Based on their investigation it is believed that the fire was start by sparks generated by hot metal fragments from a vehicle. This could be the result of several things such as trailer safety chains dragging on the pavement, vehicle brake parts generating a spark or other ...

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Dog Rock Fire Update Thursday

YOSEMITE – The Dog Rock Fire, burning on the west side of Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 245 acres with 10% containment. The fire is located along Highway 140 near the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park east of El Portal. The highway will remained closed until the danger can be eliminated.

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Crews Make Progress On Dog Rock Fire

YOSEMITE – Suppression efforts continue on the approximately 250-acre Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. Currently, there is no estimate on the fire’s containment; however crews continue to make significant progress. Air and ground attack has been aided by favorable weather conditions, which have resulted in minimal fire growth on the western boundary of the park near the Highway ...

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Cal Fire Releases Name Of Airtanker Pilot

YOSEMITE – Cal Fire officials today released the identity of the pilot killed in yesterday’s airtanker crash in Yosemite National Park. Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, 62, of San Jose was a 13-year veteran pilot with Dyncorp International under contract with Cal Fire. “We continue to mourn the tragic loss of Craig,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. “We know wildland ...

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Airtanker Crash Investigation Moves Forward

YOSEMITE – The Dog Rock Fire, burning near the west entrance to Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 210 acres with 0% containment. Resources continue to arrive on the firelines, and the incident is being turned over to a Type 1 Management Team. The community of Foresta is still under an evacuation order. Highway 140 remains closed at the ...

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Pilot Dies In Airtanker Crash On Dog Rock Fire

YOSEMITE – This evening emergency personnel were able to access the crash site of a CAL FIRE airtanker that went down earlier today near Yosemite National Park, and determined that the pilot on board has died. The CAL FIRE airtanker (Tanker 81) based out of the Hollister Air Attack Base had been fighting the Dog Rock Fire near El Portal ...

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Cal Fire Confirms Air Tanker Crash

YOSEMITE – Cal FIre confirms that an S-2T air tanker earlier reported out of contact crashed near the location of the Dog Rock Fire, burning on the west side of Yosemite National Park, as the aircraft was responding to the fire. “Rescue personnel are at the scene working their way through extremely difficult terrain to determine the condition of our ...

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