Yosemite Fire Grows 7 Square Miles Overnight 8/25/13
August 25, 2013
GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - California forestry officials say the wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park continues to pose every challenge that there can be on a fire: inaccessible terrain, strong winds and dry conditions.
The blaze grew another 7 square miles overnight, and officials expect strong winds today will allow it to advance some more. The 207-square-mile blaze is only about 7 percent contained.
Fire officials say crews are focused east of the North Fork of the Tuolumne River, and are struggling to keep the fire from encroaching more into the park.
Yosemite crews are cleaning brush and setting sprinklers in an effort to protect two groves of giant sequoias that are threatened by the fire.
The fire is one of the biggest in California history. Investigators are trying to determine how it started.