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2008-07-30 09:00:45

By Garance Burke Associated Press YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Visitors trying to photograph Yosemite National Park's famed peaks on Tuesday instead took shots of flying ash blowing in from an out-of-control wildfire burning just 12 miles outside the park. The fire -- which has destroyed 25 homes and is only 15 percent contained -- has shrouded one of California's most popular destinations in smoke and risks marring business at the height of Yosemite's busiest season. "It's the...

2008-07-30 00:00:25

MARIPOSA, Calif. _ Her little brown cabin in the woods was gone, reduced to ash and rubble by a wave of flames, but Mary Briggs had no time to be consoled. Her mind was elsewhere. Down the road, in another part of the woods near Mariposa, Briggs was needed at the care where she worked. Sixteen elderly men and women, some more than a century old, were waiting to be rescued to safer ground. The Telegraph fire was approaching, and there was no time that Saturday afternoon for Briggs to dwell...

2008-07-29 21:00:28

A fire charring forest land west of Yosemite National Forest and threatening communities in Mariposa County, Calif., continues to spread fast. The Telegraph fire has scorched 29,600 acres and remains 10 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire is burning with "a rapid rate of spread in multiple directions" in steep, rocky terrain that is challenging firefighters, Cal Fire states. Erratic fire behavior also is attributed to...

2008-07-29 21:00:28

By TRACIE CONE MARIPOSA, Calif. - Hot weather hampered efforts to contain a fast- moving wildfire near an entrance to Yosemite National Park that had already destroyed 12 homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 200 others. The blaze had charred more than 26,000 acres - over a square mile - since Friday as wooded slopes ignited amid the hot, dry conditions that have plagued California for months. Besides the homes destroyed, the fire had also engulfed 27 other buildings. Officials...

2008-07-28 03:00:14

FRESNO, Calif. _ A fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite National Park claimed a dozen homes and prompted hundreds more evacuations Sunday, as thousands of firefighters struggled to keep it from engulfing nearby communities. Fire crews had built containment lines around 10 percent of the more than 26,000-acre fire by Sunday night, and officials said cooler conditions were aiding firefighting efforts. Still, fire officials ordered additional evacuations of about 430 homes in the Greeley Hill...

2008-07-28 00:00:14

By Wesley DeBerry, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 27--A forest fire burning out of control near an entrance to Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of 500 homes, but has not closed the park, authorities said Sunday. In less than 48 hours since the Telegraph Fire in Mariposa County started Friday near the community of Midpines, it has burned 18,150 acres of woodlands, destroyed eight homes and seven out-buildings, said Daniel Berlant, a California Department of Fire and...

2008-07-27 12:00:28

MIDPINES, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a wildfire is threatening several hundred homes near the main entrance road to Yosemite National Park. Cheryl Goetz, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says the 1,000-acre fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain along both sides of the Merced River. The Mariposa Sheriff's Department is warning residents of the town of Midpines to prepare to evacuate. Midpines is located along Highway 140, the thoroughfare...

2008-07-27 09:00:23

California firefighters Sunday battled a wildfire near Yosemite Park that burst out of control and was threatening thousands of homes, officials said. The new challenge came amid the news a firefighter battling another California blaze was killed Friday. Andrew Palmer, 18, of Port Townsend, Wash., died in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was the second firefighter and the first professional to die in California during what has become a grim fire season....

2008-07-08 12:00:00

By Dana M. Nichols, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jul. 8--WHITE PINES -- Yosemite Lumber Co. Engine No. 4 started its career with much promise and in a spectacular setting. The oil-fired Shay steam engine was built in 1920 and immediately set to work hauling lumber from Sierra forests near Groveland, not far from Yosemite National Park. But the mighty 164,100-pound engine was laid off in 1943. Without work, it just couldn't find a purpose. It hit bottom in a Stockton junkyard, buried in a...


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