Smoke is filling Yosemite National Park as the Ferguson Fire nears the park’s border. The blaze is currently threatening residences, wildlife and thousands more acres of wilderness as hotshots and fire crews work to contain oncoming flames.
Mandatory evacuations remain in effect and the fire was 13% contained as of this morning’s report. The fire itself is located some 3 miles from the border of Yosemite National Park and has already caused closures from Glacier Point to El Portal Road for fire operations.
Find road closures here: Current Conditions [Yosemite National Park]
The fire has already claimed one firefighter, Braden Varney. Varney died when the bulldozer he was operating to create a fire break rolled over. Over 3,000 personnel are currently involved in the firefighting efforts.
“The Ferguson Fire now in its 11th day, started July 13 on the Sierra National Forest and is managed under unified command between the United States Forest Service, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, CALFIRE and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Much of the fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with little to no access roads. Mandatory and advisory evacuations are in place in several areas but no homes have been damaged or destroyed. ” – InciWeb
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#BAETv_News Firefighters watch an aircraft drop retardant while battling the Ferguson fire in the Stanislaus national forest. The Ferguson fire continued its march toward Yosemite National Park this weekend, growing significantly to 32,484 acres and prompting the closure of some campgrounds and roads. The fast-spreading fire has been burning in Sierra Nevada for days, consuming dry brush and dead trees while threatening mountain communities and more than 200 structures. Firefighters have been aggressively attacking the fire, but steep, rugged terrain with little to no access to roads has made their work difficult. So far, more than 3,000 fire personnel are battling the blaze, and are aided by dozens of water-dropping helicopters, water trucks and dozers. Photograph: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images #FergusonFire #StanislausNationalForest #plan #plane #FireFighter #Fire #BAETV_Ng
*Our thoughts and prayers are with all the personnel fighting this wildfire.
Find out more here: Ferguson Fire [InciWeb]