Fast-moving fire explodes near Yosemite National Park, Mariposa as Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency

25 days ago

Mariposa news, California news.

A state of emergency had been declared in Mariposa County, California Saturday afternoon as the fast-moving Oak Fire exploded to reach more than 14,281 acres near Yosemite National Park.

The blaze that started Friday afternoon is currently 0 percent contained despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters on the ground and in the air.

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    “Explosive fire behavior is challenging firefighters.”

    Gov. Gavin Newsom said that in response to the “rapidly-moving fire”, the state had received a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.