The Washington Post

Wildfire explodes beyond 14,000 acres

- — Praveena Somasundar­am

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate because of a wildfire burning thousands of acres near Yosemite National Park and challengin­g firefighte­rs.

The Oak Fire began Friday afternoon and on Sunday afternoon had burned more than 14,200 acres outside Yosemite, according to Cal Fire.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County on Saturday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is also providing resources to suppress the fire, Newsom said.

Cal Fire spokeswoma­n Natasha Fouts said about 6,000 people had been evacuated from the area as of Saturday morning. She revised that number in an interview with The Washington Post on Sunday, saying that about 3,000 people were under evacuation orders and that nearly 2,000 were being warned that they may need to leave soon.

The wildfire had destroyed 10 structures and damaged five as of Sunday, according to the agency’s website. None of the Oak Fire had been contained Sunday.

Justin Macomb, a Cal Fire operations section chief, said in an operationa­l update Sunday morning that firefighte­rs are trying to contain the blaze’s spread in residentia­l areas.

Earlier this month, a wildfire in Yosemite threatened hundreds of giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove, the park’s largest grove.

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