WAWONA, Calif. – A fast-moving wildfire broke out near Yosemite National Park Friday afternoon, prompting evacuations even as firefighters made progress against an earlier blaze that burned to the edge of a grove of giant sequoias.
The oak fire started around 2 p.m. southwest of the park near Midpines in Mariposa County and quickly spread to 1,600 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
No buildings had burned, but the Lushmeadow subdivision, home to about 1,700 people, and a handful of streets in the Sierra Nevada foothills were under mandatory evacuation orders.
It is not immediately known what caused the fire.
Meanwhile, firefighters have made significant progress in fighting a wildfire that started in Yosemite National Park and burned into the Sierra National Forest.
The Washburn fire was 79% contained as of Friday after burning about 7.5 square miles of forest.
The fire broke out on July 7, forcing the closure of Yosemite’s south entrance and the evacuation of the community of Wawona as it burned on the edge of Mariposa Grove, home to hundreds of giant sequoias.
According to the park website, Wawona Road is expected to reopen on Saturday.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/evacuations-ordered-fast-moving-fire-breaks-yosemite-national-park-rcna39678 Evacuations ordered as fast-moving fire breaks out near Yosemite National Park