Fire Still Burning Out Of Control Near Yosemite

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 28, 2008

The blaze has destroyed a dozen homes and is threatening thousands more. And firefighters won’t get much help from the weather this week. 

Hot, windy weather is expected all week long. Fire Information Officer Sue Exline says on top of that, the fire is burning in an area that’s hard for firefighters to get to. 

"When you get the kinds of topography we have in the area, the area is very, very steep and inaccessible, and you put wind on that, it just fuels the fire and doesn’t allow the firefighters get in there and actively work it." 

More than 3,000 firefighters continue to battle the blaze…which is burning out-of-control about 15 miles away from Yosemite. But despite smokey conditions, the park is still open. So far, the fire has charred more than 26,000 acres. Fire officials say the blaze was sparked last Friday by someone target shooting on private property.