MARIPOSA, Calif. – The Latest on a deadly wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park (all times are local):
A park official says all trails, campsites, restaurants and lodges in Yosemite National Park are open, all smoke from a nearby deadly wildfire is the pollution of the air and limiting visibility.
Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said Monday visitors are still arriving at the “fully operational” park.
The fire near Yosemite’s west end have doubled in size the night of 14 square miles (36 kilometers). It is 2 percent contained.
The wildfire that began Friday, comes at the peak of the tourist season. The shutdown of a major route in the park and prompted mandatory evacuations for Yosemite Cedar Lodge, outside the park, and the nearby communities.
He says that power in Yosemite Valley is turned off while the fire brigade worked, after the fire, but it was on the Sunday morning.
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.