Fire Threatens Homes West of Yosemite Park

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MIDPINES, CALIF. (AP) - A fast-spreading wildfire is raging out of control near a western entrance to Yosemite National Park.

The blaze has charred about 25 square miles, or 16,000 acres, since Friday. Fire officials say wooded slopes have ignited amid hot, dry conditions that have plagued California for months. The steep terrain west of the park is overgrown with dense brush that's fueling the flames.

Officials have ordered the evacuations of 170 homes under
immediate threat, mostly in the town of Midpines. About 2,000 homes
face at least some danger from the fast-spreading flames.

About 900 firefighters are battling the fire and hundreds more are headed to the scene along the Merced River west of Yosemite, one of the nation's most-visited national parks.

A state fire spokeswoman says the cause of the fire "is definitely target shooting," but would not elaborate.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 25965589 -
Gray Television, Inc.