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Ferguson Fire Now the Biggest in Sierra National Forest History

Officials overseeing the effort against the deadly Ferguson Fire said Monday morning that it is the largest wildfire in Sierra National Forest history. The fire has grown to 91,502 acres and is 38% contained, officials said. There have been two fatalitie...
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Second Firefighter Dies Battling Ferguson Fire

Firefighter Brian Hughes, 33, was struck by a tree and killed Sunday while working as part of a crew removing brush and other fuel near the Ferguson Fire's front lines, national parks officials said. Origina...
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Yosemite Park Boss: ‘Get Yourself Out of Here If You Can’

An iconic section of Yosemite National Park will be closed for several days at the height of summer tourist season as crews try to stop the stubborn Ferguson Fire from spreading, authorities said at a community meeting Tuesday morning. "Get yourself out of ...
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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,...