Latest Tuolumne County, California Stories

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...

2008-07-28 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....

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