Yosemite Wildfire Triggers California State of Emergency

Evacuations canceled for North Fire in Happy Valley — currently, six acres burned

The blaze, which was only 5% contained, has destroyed one structure and damaged another. The UVFA estimated on Monday the Range Fire could have grown to the size of the Grade Fire, or bigger, maybe 1,000 acres, it said.

The fire has scorched 24 square miles since it broke out Sunday afternoon.

KCRA-TV reported that the entire Town of Mariposa was evacuated. "I think this the beginning of what could be a really long wildfire season for us".

CAL FIRE says if it can be proven that maintenance negligence caused the auto to catch on fire, the driver could face charges and fines. Some evacuations are underway and some roads closed.

We are awaiting updates from Cal Fire, and will post again when than information becomes available. The orange haze and pillars of smoke can be seen for miles. The park itself has issued no warning for visitors, but the fire is threatening power lines that supply Yosemite, state fire officials said. Gov.

"It's already a bad morning", one firefighter said over a scanner.

Fighting the fire is being hampered by high winds and hot temperatures, officials said, which climbed into the 90s on Wednesday.

People heading to Yosemite are advised to use highways 41 and 120, and avoid the more northern route.

Old Toll Road between Corbett Creek Road and HWY 49N, including Corbert Creek Road.

The evacuation advisory for the community of Sutcliffe has been lifted.

Shelters were set up in schools, churches, and community centers for people and animals. Today firefighters expect unfavorable weather conditions and aggressive fire behavior. They also said the fire was encroaching on "culturally and historically sensitive areas", according to NBC News.

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