- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they’re searching for a 62-year-old woman separated from a group of hikers in smoke-filled mountains east of Fresno.

Tony Botti of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that the woman’s hiking companions reported her missing earlier in the day. She became lost in the rugged Sierra Nevada about 80 miles east of Fresno.

Botti says she is far from the active flames burning in the Kings Canyon National Park, but smoke has blown north.

He says a California Highway Patrol helicopter flew over the area, but smoke blocked a searchers’ view of the ground.

Botti says there’s no reason to believe the woman is hurt; searchers on foot will continue looking.

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