UPDATED 10:53 AM PT – Monday, July 25, 2022
Thousands of firefighters are battling a rapidly moving wildfire, which continues to burn near Yosemite National Park. The Oak Fire erupted in Mariposa County, California on Friday and has scorched more than 15,000 acres with zero containment.
Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has declared a state of emergency for the county as thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes. The Oak Fire has become the largest wildfire in the state so far this season.
A view of the Oak Fire burning east of Modesto and Merced.
It began Friday around 2:30pm near Highway 140 by #Midpines going towards Yosemite.
— 209 Times (@209TimesCA) July 24, 2022
Cal Fire described the blaze as “explosive” as the fire destroyed several homes and damaged critical infrastructure. Around 2,000 firefighters are battling the Oak Fire using aircraft and bulldozers amid tough conditions, which include steep terrain, scorching temperatures and an ongoing drought.
Oak Fire burns thousands of acres near Yosemite in California pic.twitter.com/DiE1likSiF
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This comes as firefighters are making progress on the Washburn Fire, which is burning within Yosemite. Governor Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County and the Red Cross has established its main evacuation center at an elementary school. Red Cross officials said they are doing their best to provide a safe space as residents hold on to hope amid fear and uncertainty.