Latest Midpines, California Stories

2008-07-31 09:00:47

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of residents streamed back into their mountain homes Wednesday as firefighters announced they had made critical gains against a wildfire charging across the hillsides outside Yosemite National Park. An evacuation order remained in effect for about 100 homes near the fire northwest of Midpines, a small town about a dozen miles from the protected wilderness. By Wednesday evening, the 50-square- mile blaze was 40 percent contained. (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt...

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...

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