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Wildfire threatens Yosemite

by Anna Johansen & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/17/18, 10:38 am

The Ferguson fire in Mariposa County, Calif., has claimed the life of one firefighter and threatens Yosemite National Park. The fire covered 4,000 acres on Sunday and by Monday had devoured more than 9,000 acres. The park remains open to visitors for now, though one main entrance is closed. Firefighter Braden Varney died Saturday when his bulldozer tumbled down a canyon while plowing a fire line. Pacific Gas and Electric shut off power for the area, hoping to reduce fire risk. Some say sparks from the company’s power lines were responsible for at least three wildfires last fall.

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Anna Johansen

Anna is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and a summer intern for WORLD.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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