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By Nicole Ellis, Tommy Walters
The explosive spread of the Oak fire spread suggests another bad fire season ahead in California. Beth Pratt, the California regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation, lives in Midpines, California, which is being threatened by the fire. She…
A fast-spreading wildfire burning out of control in California on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park has forced thousands to flee their homes. Hot and dry conditions, linked to climate change, are making it a tough fire to fight. Michael…
Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency for Mariposa County due to the fire's effects. Evacuation orders were in place for over 6,000 people living across a several-mile span of the sparsely populated area in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
By Associated Press
The Oak Fire, which began Friday afternoon southwest of the park near Midpines in Mariposa County, grew to 10.2 square miles (26.5 square kilometers) by Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.
Campers and residents near the blaze were evacuated but the rest of the sprawling park in California remained open, though heavy smoke obscured scenic vistas and created unhealthy air quality.
A team was sent in to Mariposa Grove to wrap some of the massive tree trunks in fire resistant foil. The rest of the iconic park remains open though thick smoke hangs in the air.
By Christopher Booker, Michael D. Regan, Mori Rothman
A natural spectacle called "firefall" happens each February in California's Yosemite National Park when light from the setting sun strikes the park's Horsetail Falls, making it look like it's ablaze with fire. But this year the waterfall slowed to a…
The plan would nearly triple entrance fees at 17 of the nation's most popular parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion, forcing visitors to pay $70 per vehicle during the peak summer season.
By Shannon Hall, Scientific American
The massive slabs of Earth’s crust might have started their journey more than 3.5 billion years ago.
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