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South Fork Fire In Yosemite Now at 1,700 Acres

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire, burning inside Yosemite National Park just east of Wawona, is now estimated at 1,700 acres, still with 0 percent containment. While residents and visitors in Wawona are still in a preparation mode for any possible evacuation, none has been ordered as of this hour. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team took over ...

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South Fork Fire Now Over 1,600 Acres

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire continues to grow just east of the community of Wawona near the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park. The fire is burning in wilderness but is being managed for protection objectives due to its close proximity to Wawona. The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 1,613 acres with 0 percent containment. There are currently ...

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Firefighters Focus On Protecting Wawona From South Fork Fire

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire is creating very smoky conditions on the southern end of Yosemite National Park and continues to threaten the community of Wawona. The fire is still estimated at 400 acres with 0 percent containment. Today, firefighters will continue to aggressively suppress the spread of the fire toward the community of Wawona on west flank, and ...

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Empire Fire Now Estimated At 1,200 Acres

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire, burning in the wilderness area of Yosemite National Park southeast of Bridalveil Campground, is now estimated at 1,200 acres. Smoke from the fire — along with smoke from the South Fork Fire near Wawona — continues to obscure views inside the park, particularly in the morning hours. There are currently 33 personnel assigned to the ...

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Wawona Residents Warned To Be Prepared To Evacuate

YOSEMITE — A hazard alert message is being issued for the community of Wawona due to the South Fork Fire, burning just east of the community along the Merced River. The fire is now estimated at 400 acres with 0 percent containment. Extreme fire behavior is being reported including torching, short crown and uphill runs. There are currently 25 personnel ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Near Wawona

YOSEMITE — The fire burning near the community of Wawona is putting up a lot of smoke, but resources are on scene. The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 20-30 acres, and moving upslope to the northeast. There is no estimate of containment at this time. Access to the fire’s location is not possible with engines, but there is ...

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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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