Yosemite Park Fire Grows into California’s Biggest Fire This Year

A wildfire near Yosemite Park has grown to become the biggest fire recorded in the state of California this year.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) confirmed that the wildfire began in the foothills of Sierra Nevada on Friday afternoon, and still remains 0 percent contained as of today. 

The wildfire, known officially as Oak Fire, has already amassed 14,000 acres of land in the town of Mariposa, which resulted in the evacuation of an estimated 3,000 residents. 

“The fire continues to be fuel and terrain driven. The fire perimeter is moving into the Furgeson Fire burn scar on the northeast side. Damage inspection teams began surveying the affected areas today,” said Cal Fire. 

Cal Fire deployed 45 fire engines, four helicopters, and 11 fire crews, totaling more than 400 individuals, to help put out the fires.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for the whole of Mariposa County which would allow for more resources to combat the Oak Fire. 

According to Newsom’s declaration, an estimated 2,000 homes and establishments have already been affected by the Oak Fire.

A section of State Route 140, one of the primary entrances to Yosemite, was among the several highways that were closed due to the Oak Fire.

The Washburn Fire, which had already burned to the edge of a grove of massive sequoias in the southernmost region of Yosemite National Park, was being battled by firefighters when the Oak Fire broke out.

The Oak Fire burns as the ongoing heat wave continues to ravage much of the US, with triple-digit temperatures recorded in some parts of California.

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