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Storms, Dead Trees Could Hinder Firefighting Near Yosemite

MARIPOSA — A deadly forest fire kept spreading Wednesday west of Yosemite National Park, and erratic winds and trees killed by a historic California drought are expected to pose more problems for firefighters, officials said. The Ferguson Fire between the p...
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Deadly Wildfire Near Yosemite Doubles in Size

MARIPOSA — Fire officials say a deadly wildfire burning near the west end of Yosemite National Park doubled in size overnight. U.S. Forest Service spokesman John DeYoe says the Ferguson Fire had scorched 14 ...
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Firefighter Killed in Wildfire Near Yosemite National Park

A second-generation California firefighter who was using a bulldozer to prevent a wildfire from spreading was killed Saturday near Yosemite National Park, state fire officials said. Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney, 36, died in the morning hours,...

Is Climate Change Behind California Wildfires?

Gov. Jerry Brown was quick to attribute the numerous wildfires statewide to climate change. However, while not necessarily disputing Brown’s claims, a KQED report from Jacob Margolis provides quite a bit mor...