Fire near Yosemite is spreading fast

A fire charring forest land west of Yosemite National Forest and threatening communities in Mariposa County continues to spread fast.

The Telegraph fire, which is burning in the Merced River Drainage on both sides of the river, has scorched 29,600 acres and remains only 10 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire is burning with "a rapid rate of spread in multiple directions" in steep, rocky terrain that is challenging firefighters, Cal Fire states.

Erratic fire behavior also is attributed to plentiful fuel provided by vegetation in an area that has not burned in 100 years.

The fire has obscured access to Yosemite National Park, which remains open despite power outages and obscured visibility.

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