Fire Burns Near Yosemite (CA)

A nearly 1,000-acre, wind-whipped wildfire burning near one of the main entrances to Yosemite Valley (CA) is threatening 150 homes, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Carstens Fire started Sunday afternoon near Midpines (Mariposa County), a tiny town about 35 miles west of Yosemite Valley, said a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire burned near Highway 140, one of the three main entrances into Yosemite Valley, sending smoke over the busy roadway and threatening 150 homes in the rural areas of Hites Cove, Jerseydale, Clarks Valley and Scott Road, Berlant said. The 900-acre fire remains just 15 percent contained and is burning east into the Sierra National Forest.

More than 700 firefighters are using 143 fire engines, 21 bulldozers and two helicopters to control the fire.

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