- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

WAWONA, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on wildfires burning in California (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Federal officials say a wildfire near within Yosemite National Park is burning through forest thick with trees killed by a beetle infestation.

The National Park Service reported Monday that the fire has spread across 1.4 square miles (2.6 square kilometers) of steep, rocky terrain.

It’s burning near Wawona, a small community close to Yosemite’s southern entrance that swells this time of year to 2,000 people attending church camp and renting cabins.

Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman says nobody is under orders to leave Wawona; rangers have put visitors on notice of the fire.

Officials say they believe the blaze was started by a recent lightning strike.

California’s recent five-year drought and an infestation of beetles have killed large numbers of trees throughout the Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite.


12:45 p.m.

Rangers at Yosemite National Park have alerted a small community to a wildfire that crews are struggling to contain from the air and ground.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman said Monday that flames are within two miles of Wawona.

The tiny community near the park’s south entrance swells this time of year with up to 2,000 visitors at a church camp and rental cabins near a market and small library.

Gediman says firefighters have zero containment on the fire. A recent lightning strike may be to blame.

It’s burned less than one square mile (2.5 kilometer) of wilderness made up of rugged mountains and pine forests 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of Fresno.

No hiking trails, campgrounds or popular Yosemite destinations have been closed, and rangers have not ordered anybody to leave.


7 a.m.

Crews saved several homes as a wildfire roared dangerously close to an inland Southern California neighborhood and university.

Cal Fire says the blaze on hillsides near the University of California, Riverside, is 30 percent contained Monday. Officials previously reported 44 percent containment but revised the number down after a daylight survey.

Evacuation orders were lifted after firefighters beat back the flames with help from retardant-dropping aircraft.

The fire, which broke out Sunday in the foothills of Box Springs Mountain, has scorched about 1.5 square miles (3.8 square kilometers) of dry brush.

In Central California, a small wildfire burning near the town of Wawona forced the closure of a popular trail in Yosemite National Park.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide