Fire near Yosemite has destroyed 58 homes, displaced thousands

Yosemite under threat as wildfire engulfs northern California (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

No injuries were reported as of Tuesday night, according to Cal Fire. A surging wildfire raced through California mountains and foothills west of Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee tiny, Gold Rush-era towns.

More than 3,000 firemen, working in temperatures of 90 to 96 Fahrenheit (32 to 36 Celsius), were battling the fire, which has charred 70,596 acres, Cal Fire said.

"We're doing everything we can to protect that town and all the other communities in that area", Amy Head, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said.

Evacuation advisories remained in effect for all Tuolumne County residents south of Highway 120 between Smith Station Road and Moccasin, Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office staff said.

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The fire did not grow as significantly Thursday as it had earlier in the week, but state fire officials revealed late in the day that 99 structures have now been destroyed, 50 of them homes. It is now 15 percent contained, up from 10 percent on Thursday, as the Chronicle reports, and in total 58 homes have been destroyed in addition to 60 outbuildings. "The imminent threat to Mariposa is over", Motta said, but added that crews will continue to maintain that line. "This fire has really devastated the area".

A Selma firefighter was thrown from a pumper after the apparatus hit a tree stump during the Detwiler Fire in Northern California.

The fire closed one of several roads into the park during its busy summer season, and rangers warned visitors with respiratory problems to be mindful of the smoky haze over the park's landmark Half Dome rock face, Gediman said.

MARIPOSA A chimney and a cinder block wall is all that's left standing among rubble that was a house Miki Crawford and her family called home for 22 years after a wildfire raced through her Northern California rural community, the former nurses' aide said Friday.

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