MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials in California say an unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people.
More than 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze in windy and dry conditions. The fire, which started Sunday, is six miles northeast of Mariposa and has burned more than two square miles. It’s 15 percent contained. Though temperatures are down, officials fear the weather conditions could still fuel the flames.
Meanwhile, firefighters in Colorado say crews are mopping up remaining hot spots from the most destructive wildfire in state history. The Black Forest Fire just outside Colorado Springs killed two, destroyed 502 homes and charred more than 22 square miles. It is 85 percent contained. Hundreds of evacuated residents have been allowed back into the burn area, though they were warned that many would return to rubble, not their homes.
Colorado firefighters were also finishing work putting out a wildfire that burned 5 square miles near Canon City in southern Colorado.