Yosemite National Park

In this Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, a deer takes refuge alongside the road in the city of Groveland, Calif., on the edge of the Rim Fire which continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest. (AP Photo /Elias Funez, The Modesto Bee, File)

Rim Fire puts some holiday tourists in quandary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some fearful tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer, but most appear […]

08/29/2013

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New deal could help repair damage at Mono Lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new agreement may end a decades-old battle between Los Angeles and conservationists who say water diversions have damaged picturesque Mono Lake near Yosemite. The Los Angeles Times says the LA […]

08/26/2013

A firefighter watches for spot fires during a burnout operation while battling the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Crews make progress against Yosemite-area fire

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Officials say fire crews made progress overnight against a large wildfire threatening San Francisco’s water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias. Stanislaus National Forest spokesman […]

08/26/2013

The Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)

Yosemite fire ‘poses every challenge there can be’

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) – At Ike Bunney’s dude ranch near the Sierra community of Tuolumne City, all creatures have been evacuated as firefighters brace for an intense battle to keep a wildfire raging north of […]

08/25/2013

The Rim Fire burns in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Modesto Bee, Andy Alfaro)

Yosemite takes steps to protect sequoias from fire

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) – As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias. The iconic trees can resist […]

08/24/2013

The Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)

Yosemite fire brings San Francisco utility emergency

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to nearly 200 square miles and spread into Yosemite National Park on Friday, as California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency […]

08/23/2013

Hazy smoke from a wildfire more than 150 miles away near Yosemite National Park descended Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, on Reno and the downtown casino district. Washoe County Health District officials issued an air quality alert because the Air Quality Index worsened to the unhealthy zone for sensitive groups, including the elderly and young children. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Yosemite smoke fuels red air quality alert in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Health officials in smoky Reno have raised the seriousness of an air quality alert to include the general population as a thick haze worsens from a massive wildfire burning more than […]

08/23/2013

In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Groveland Ranger Station in Groveland, Calif. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)

Tourists, residents flee huge fire near Yosemite

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire raging out of control on Friday grew to more than three-times the size of the city of San Francisco as it spread inside the border of Yosemite […]

08/23/2013

The Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)

Wildfire near Yosemite surges, prompts evacuations

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park nearly quadrupled in size Thursday, prompting officers to warn residents in a gated community to evacuate their homes and leading scores of tourists to leave […]

08/22/2013

A U.S. Forest Service firefighter moves away from a quickly moving section of the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Modesto Bee, Andy Alfaro)

Yosemite-area wildfire balloons in size overnight

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park — one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. — more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about […]

08/22/2013

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