Yosemite Fire Burns 134,000 Acres


yosemite-fireThe massive Yosemite Fire burned through 134,000 acres in nine days as it pushed closer to Yosemite National Park today. The blaze is the 15th largest in California history, and is still only 7 percent contained.

Firefighters have had difficulty reaching some parts of the fire, especially as it burned through parts of previously untouched wilderness and through hot and dry conditions.

“The fire came boiling out, just cooking,” said Lee Bentley, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. “It was so hot it created its own weather. It was like dropping a boulder in a pond; fire spread out in every direction.”

Parts of the blaze burned through so much that firefighters called the devastation “the black,” as entire ravines and ridges became dusty and gray. Read more at The Los Angeles Times.

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