KCRA- Flames approach base camp near Yosemite Nat'l Park

Aug 21, 2013 5:16 PM

TUOLUMNE COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA)- A wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park has grown to more than 16,000 acres and has jumped fire containment lines.

The fire is burning in the Stanislaus National Forest and is only 5 percent contained, fire officials said. More than 850 fire personnel and air support are battling multiple lines of the fire.

The fire is threatening more than 2,000 houses, hotels and camp bridges, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday.

The fire jumped containment lines Wednesday afternoon and was bearing down on the incident command center located near Groveland in Tuolumne County.

Live video from KTVU-TV showed flames moving through dry brush near the base camp.

A fire official at the camp, which is housing hundreds of fire personnel and media, said the camp was protected by dozer lines built by fire crews.

"It looks dicey, but this is the safest place," the fire official said.

A number of camps have also been evacuated, including Camp Tawonga, San Jose Family Camp and Berkeley Camp. About 200 senior citizens and a few dozen staffers were also evacuated from Camp Mather, which is owned and operated by the city of San Francisco.

Residents can go to evacuation centers at Sonora Fairgrounds and Greely Hill Community Center.


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