Yosemite fire sends smoke into famed valley

Sep 9, 2014 12:21 PM by News Staff

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials have called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and is now sending smoke into the park's famed valley.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says about 325 firefighters were battling the blaze Tuesday, up from 120 a day earlier. The fire was sending smoke into Yosemite Valley for the first time since it began, though the park and its entrances remained open.

The fire has burned through nearly 7 square miles. It was 5 percent contained.

Dozens of people were evacuated by helicopter from the famous Half Dome rock on Sunday after the fire began.

Meanwhile, another fire that has been burning for weeks about 400 miles north in the Klamath National Forest forced some additional evacuations Monday.

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