Fire units have taken on at least 13 vehicle fires since June 1; CAL FIRE says three of them resulted in hundreds of acres burned on the Central Coast. The UVFA estimated on Monday the Range Fire could have grown to the size of the Grade Fire, or bigger, maybe 1,000 acres, it said.
"Structure protection was provided in the area of Summerhill Road, but there was no damage to any structures, and no injuries", East Fork Battalion Chief Scott Fraser said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says that the fire almost doubled in size overnight and has now scorched roughly 71 square miles (183 square kilometers). Today firefighters expect unfavorable weather conditions and aggressive fire behavior.
Social media users and other media outlets have posted images and videos of the deadly fire.
The fire was "burning in the rugged mountains outside Yosemite National Park", according to ABC10. According to officials, the fire is getting dangerously close to electrical lines that supply power to Yosemite and its facilities.
Calfire spokeswoman DeeDee Garcia says a wildfire burning on steep hills covered by dense grass and forestland threatens roughly 300 structures.
With the fire making a hard run at Highway 49 near Schilling Road, fire officials are requesting an evacuation advisory for Coulterville. It's threatening at least 1,500 homes. The park remained open Tuesday. The fire began Sunday afternoon near Lake McClure.
Earlier this month, wildfires engulfed western USA and parts of Canada, destroying homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 assumed command of the incident at 1000 hrs. from the Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit.
Smoke pouring from the Detwiler Fire has drifted as far northeast as Idaho, according to satellite photos from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. The cause of the Detwiler blaze wasn't immediately known, but hot, dry conditions conducive to such fires have persisted for days.