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US Firefighter killed battling Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park

00:15  15 july  2018
00:15  15 july  2018 Source:   sfgate.com

3,500 structures at risk as wildfire rages near Yosemite National Park and temperatures soar

  3,500 structures at risk as wildfire rages near Yosemite National Park and temperatures soar Firefighters near Yosemite National Park are racing to contain the deadly Ferguson Fire as hotter temperatures raise the danger for thousands of homes potentially in its path. Six firefighters have already been injured and one killed battling the 51-square-mile fire.Six firefighters have been injured and one killed battling the 51-square-mile fire in rugged terrain near the national park’s west side.  Evacuation orders are in place for the small communities dotted through the area, and more residents are on evacuation alert.

The Ferguson Fire was a wildfire in the Sierra National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park in California in the United States. The fire was reported on July 13, 2018, burning 96,901 acres (392 km2), before it was 100% contained on August 19, 2018.

Firefighter Braden Varney died Saturday while battling a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park , California state fire officials said.

A 130-acre wildfire burning in steep and rugged terrain west of Yosemite has killed one firefighter and prompted the closure of a major route into the park on Saturday, officials said.

A tiny beetle has left Yosemite dangerously vulnerable to fire

  A tiny beetle has left Yosemite dangerously vulnerable to fire If the Ferguson Fire currently burning in Mariposa County spreads to Yosemite National Park, a tiny bug resembling a mouse dropping would share some of the blame. An epidemic of bark beetles is devastating billions of pine trees across the West in what has been described as the largest forest insect outbreak ever recorded. In California, the tree die-off is especially prevalent in the 4,500-foot to 6,000-foot elevation range of the central and southern Sierra. Yosemite Valley is just about 4,000 feet above sea level.

The Ferguson Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest near Mariposa forced the closure of Highway 140 near milepost 37 on the west side of Yosemite . Visitors should take alternate routes into the park , the National Park Service said. The fire was 5 percent contained. Evacuations were in effect for the

Authorities say a firefighter killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park was driving a bulldozer and trying to prevent the fire from

The firefighter, identified as Calfire heavy equipment operator Braden Varney, died battling the blaze under circumstances that were not immediately known, a Calfire spokesman said.

The Ferguson Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest near Mariposa forced the closure of Highway 140 near mile post 37 on the west side of Yosemite.

Visitors should take alternate routes into the park, the National Park Service said.

The fire was 5 percent contained. Evacuations were in effect for the Savage Trading Post, Cedar Lodge and the Red Bud Inn, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

The fire started around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Merced River Canyon. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Calfire, in a brief announcement about Varney’s death, said he was a member of the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit and was married,with two young children.

Evan Sernoffsky and Steve Rubenstein are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: esernoffsky@sfchronicle.com and srubenstein@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @EvanSernoffsky@SteveRubeSF

Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park .
A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park. Crews are contending with sweltering conditions Sunday as the flames burn through dry brush along steep, remote hillsides on the park's western edge.Load Error

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