3,000 acre fire raging in California’s Yosemite National Park
A wildfire raged in sections of California’s famous Yosemite National Park on Tuesday but the popular tourist destination remained open, officials said.
Park spokeswoman Ashley Mayer said the blaze which started on Saturday had scorched more than 3,000 acres (12 square kilometers) and remained only 19 percent contained.
The fire forced the evacuation of dozens of homes in the towns of Foresta and Old El Portal, and had so far destroyed one property, Mayer said.
One section of woodland within the park was closed due to the fire, while all entrances to Yosemite remained open. Air quality remained good, Mayer added.
Last year a gigantic blaze — the third largest in Californian history — ripped through a swathe of Yosemite, burning 257,314 acres of parkland.