The fire is burning since Sunday. Flames threaten more than 300 homes and buildings in mountain communities southwest of the park, on the town of Mariposa of about 2,000 people.It determined roads closure and is also threatening powerlines. Firefighters are battling flames feeding on dense vegetation and it’s a difficult tasks. As of Tuesday evening, the fire had scorched 39 square miles (101 square kilometers), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Northern California blaze is threatening at least 1,500 homes. The wildfire near Lake McClure, a reservoir about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Modesto, was 5 percent contained Tuesday evening as at least 1,400 firefighters battled it on the ground and from the air.
Wildfires in the Western U.S.
The conditions significantly worsened from Monday to Tuesday. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday declared an emergency, bolstering the state’s resources to battle the fire that he said has forced thousands of residents to flee and is expected to continue burning. “You get the winds and the density of the grass, the fire just goes,” firefighters say. The list of evacuated areas is extensive, including town of Mariposa, Mount Bullion Ridge Road, Highway 49 north from Mount Bullion, most of the Midpines area and more. Many shelters were set up by the Red Cross. At least two Facebook groups have been set up for members to discuss how they can help evacuated residents and their pets.