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Ferguson Fire: Hot Weather Hindering Efforts Against Blaze Near Yosemite

Officials say temperatures have spiked to 95 degrees and the same conditions are expected throughout the week

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    Firefighter Dies Battling Wildfire Near Yosemite

    A second-generation California firefighter who was using a bulldozer to prevent a wildfire from spreading was killed Saturday near Yosemite National Park, state fire officials said. (Published Sunday, July 15, 2018)

    Hot and dry weather is hindering efforts to slow the growth of a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that killed a California firefighter.

    The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday the blaze roaring through dry brush and timber has scorched more than 19 square miles in steep terrain on the park's western edge. It's just 5 percent contained.

    Officials say temperatures have spiked to 95 degrees and the same conditions are expected throughout the week.

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    The blaze in Mariposa County started Friday and the growing flames shut down a key route into the park at the peak of tourist season. It also led to mandatory evacuations in nearby communities.

    Trails, campgrounds, restaurants and lodges at Yosemite National Park are open, though smoke from the wildfire is polluting the air and limiting visibility.

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