Fire in Yosemite National Park Grows; Evacuations Remain

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MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Weather conditions are helping crews battling a blaze in Yosemite National Park that has forced the evacuation of the tiny California community of Wawona.

Raj Singh, a fire spokesman, said Monday the blaze grew slightly overnight to a little under 5 and ½ square miles (14 square miles). It remained 10 percent contained.

Singh said thunderstorms forecast for the fire zone did not materialize, but more thunderstorms that could fuel the blaze were expected.

Authorities ordered residents in and around Wawona to evacuate Saturday as flames came within 1 ½ miles and air quality reached hazardous levels. The Mariposa County community has a population of 1,000 to 2,000 people at any given time.

Singh said the fire is burning toward a river that borders the community. He did not have an estimate on when residents might be allowed to return.