Residents and fire officials alike are breathing a sigh of relief today. Residents living near Yosemite National Park are making their way back home after being evacuated earlier in the week.
The fire, located near the Oakhurst community, started on Monday and quickly spread due to strong winds and extremely dry conditions. The fire grew quickly to more than 600 acres, before firefighters started getting a handle on it.
Today, higher humidity and calmer winds are aiding firefighters. The fire is about 40% contained and encompasses about 612 acres. Most of the mandatory evacuations were lifted along California 41 and areas to the west of the highway. Evacuations along Road 620 remain in effect until the fire is more contained.
Thankfully, no deaths have been reported from this wildfire. Eight buildings were destroyed and two firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze.
Even with the increase in containment, about 500 homes remain threatened. As for what caused the fire, that’s still under investigation.
The entire state of California continues to be plagued by one of the worst droughts in years. Rain chances around Yosemite National Park stand at about 40% today and tomorrow, but quickly fall to 0% over the next 10 days. Yosemite National Park proper has not been affected by the blaze and a road into the park was reopened on Tuesday.
Firefighters have been battling another blaze near Lake Isabella. Containment stood at just 5% yesterday with more than 3,300 acres burned.
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