MARIPOSA, Calif. – Fire officials say a deadly wildfire burning near the west end of Yosemite National Park doubled in size overnight.
U. S. Forest Service spokesperson John DeYoe, says the fire has scorched 14 square miles (36 kilometers) of the brush and the wood of the Monday morning. It is 2 percent contained.
Temperatures addition of 95 degrees (35 degrees Celsius) and inaccessible terrain make it difficult for the crew to slow down the fire, which began on Friday.
The wildfire, which comes at the height of the tourist season shutdown of a major route in the park and prompted mandatory evacuations for Yosemite Cedar Lodge and the nearby communities.
Firefighter Braden Crescent, was killed at the weekend while working on a bulldozer to try to prevent the fire from spreading.
Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean says Varney’s body is in the “precarious terrain”, but that they hope to recover his body on Monday.