Yosemite fire traced back to hot cat­alytic con­verter

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION -

The wild­fire that forced the clos­ing of Yosemite Val­ley this sum­mer be­gan when a hot part of a ve­hi­cle ig­nited dry veg­e­ta­tion along a key canyon high­way route into the na­tional park, of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Fer­gu­son fire have con­cluded.

The U.S. For­est Ser­vice said su­per­heated pieces of a cat­alytic con­verter are be­lieved to have ig­nited road­side veg­e­ta­tion on state Route 140, along the Merced River. The road­way is one of just a few that bring mo­torists from the cities of Cal­i­for­nia to Yosemite Na­tional Park.

The fire — which grew to nearly 97,000 acres, an area triple the size of San Fran­cisco — was be­lieved to have be­gun on east­bound state Route 140 be­tween 8 p.m. and 8:25 p.m. July 13.

Noah Berger The As­so­ci­ated Press

Flames scorch a hill­side in un­in­cor­po­rated Mari­posa County, Calif., near Yosemite Na­tional Park in July. AROUND THE COUN­TRY

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