(Worthy News) – The heart of Yosemite National Park was closed on Wednesday as a fierce wildfire burning just to the west jumped fire lines overnight, pouring thick smoke into the valley and forcing visitors to pack up camp and flee.
Extreme temperatures, erratic winds and low humidity are supercharging the blaze and dozens of other fires were also burning in the U.S. West, with temperatures set to stay above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 C) into Thursday in many parts of California, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada, the National Weather Service said.
Heavy black smoke from the Ferguson Fire, which erupted on July 13 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains some 170 miles (275 km) east of San Francisco, prompted Yosemite park officials to shut down the main visitor hub of Yosemite Valley as well as Wawona and Mariposa Grove. [ Source (Read More…) ]
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