Firefighters Continue to Battle Yosemite Fire

Kaitlin Fenn, Staff Writer

On Aug. 17 in Stanislaus National Forest, north of the Tuolomne River near Yosemite, a reportedly illegal campfire swept out of control and has since burned around 246,350 acres of terrain. Firefighting crews have used helicopters and even predator drones to try to quench what has grown into the third largest wildfire in California history.

As of Tuesday, Sep. 10 the fire was 80% contained and it’s cost to fight had reached 100 million dollars.

“My grandparents vacation house in Groveland was threatened so they had to go up and get all their pictures and everything they wanted to save just in case. The fire hasn’t reached Groveland yet, but it’s close and getting closer,” junior Grayson Judge said.

As of Monday, 3,100 firefighters were assigned to battle the flames that have already destroyed 111 structures, including 11 homes and the longstanding Tuolomne Family Camp. In addition, 68,153 acres inside Yosemite National Park have been burned.

The fire has been burning for three weeks and is expected to burn for another two before it will be fully contained.