Wildfire near Yosemite National Park soars to be California’s largest this year

A fast-spreading wildfire near Yosemite National Park, California’s largest of the season, covering 17,000 acres, prompted thousands of evacuations Monday and sent smoke into the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.

The oak fire that broke out on Friday was 10% contained by Monday as firefighters traversed steep terrain in sweltering heat and low humidity.

Ten buildings were destroyed, seven were damaged and more than 3,200 were threatened as firefighters worked to prevent the fire from spreading to the national park.

Mariposa resident Rodney McGuire lost everything when his home and classic car collection were reduced to rubble on Sunday. All that remained of his mountain home was a sign that read “McGuire’s Home.”

“I still don’t get it,” he said through tears.

McGuire said messages had arrived from concerned family members but he was struggling “to find the strength to even read them”.

“I just don’t know,” he said.

A lost cat was found on McGuire’s property Monday, its face and parts of its body badly singed. It was rescued by NBC News crews and taken to a local vet.

Firefighters were able to slow the blaze overnight Sunday by erecting lines along its perimeter to protect neighboring communities, such as Midpines in rural Mariposa County, where the wildfire started.

It made a “considerable run” toward the mountain community of Mariposa Pines on Sunday, but firefighters were able to halt its advance.

“It was a huge win for us,” said Justin Macomb, director of operations for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

“The fire department is on duty 24 hours a day. They’re doing their best,” he said at a Monday morning briefing. “I’m more optimistic about what’s going to happen today than I was in the days before.”

Yosemite National Forest, about 30 miles east of the Oak Fire’s core, dodged a bullet this summer when the Washburn Fire threatened its famous sequoias, which were spared from destruction. The 4,866-acre Washburn Fire was 87% contained as of Monday.

PICTURED: Firefighters extinguished the Washburn Fire on July 11, 2022 in Yosemite National Park, California.
On July 11, firefighters extinguished the Washburn Fire in Yosemite National Park. Nic Coury/AFP via Getty Images

An air quality advisory for the Bay Area should remain in effect through Wednesday. Officials were also keeping an eye on a 5-acre wildfire in Sonoma County.

Utility company Pacific Gas & Electric said on its website that Monday more than 2,600 homes and businesses in the Oak Fire area were without power with no estimate of when it would be restored.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wildfire-yosemite-national-park-balloons-californias-largest-year-rcna39936 Wildfire near Yosemite National Park soars to be California’s largest this year

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