Monday, 21 August, 2017

Wildfires torch homes near Yosemite National Park

An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire fire near Mariposa California on Wednesday Yosemite under threat as wildfire engulfs northern California (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)
Erik Tate | 23 July, 2017, 00:56

In the fire near Mariposa, officials were investigating an injury accident involving a single fire engine that sent one firefighter to the hospital.

About 1,500 structures are still threatened by the fire, which previously prompted evacuation orders for the towns of Mariposa and Coulterville.

Churning columns of smoke from a massive Central Valley fire are creating a haunting landscape from Yosemite National Park to Lake Tahoe. Evacuations due to the fire have been extensive, affecting more than 4,000 residents.

Cal Fire information officers won't say what structures have been burned because hundreds of evacuees won't know if they have anything left until they are allowed return home following containment.

More than 3,800 fire personnel have been assigned to the fire. "This fire has really devastated the area, business is just flat". The Detwiler Fire perimeter Friday also appeared to be about 10 miles from the nearest edge of the 400-square-mile 2013 Rim Fire burn scar.

Dewey, 64, said people in their 30s have opened several new businesses and wine bars, attracting lots of young tourists.

A scorched car rests next to a residence leveled by the Detwiler fire near Mariposa Calif. on Wednesday
California's Governor declared an emergency following wildfires on Tuesday

The remains of a home just outside the town of Mariposa. The town sits 35 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park in what was once Gold Rush country along Highway 49.

The critical difference between the two disasters is that the Rough Fire (2015) burned in steep forested terrain; the Detwiler Fire (2017) is burning in the lower elevation foothills, threatening thousands of homes, ranch buildings, and livestock. "The imminent threat to Mariposa is over", Motta said, but added that crews will continue to maintain that line.

Rangers warned visitors with respiratory problems to be mindful of the smoky haze over the park's landmark Half Dome rock face.

Record rain and snowfall in the mountains this winter abruptly ended California's five-year drought.

Officials in the US state of California say a wildfire sweeping through the state's foothills near Yosemite National Park has destroyed dozens of homes and burned through almost 300 square kilometers. But that has increased the challenge for crews battling flames feeding on dense vegetation.

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