Wildfire Spreads Near Yosemite

The blaze has already burned 900 acres.
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The blaze has already burned 900 acres.

A wildfire west of Yosemite National Park continued to spread through California's Mariposa County on Tuesday, threatening homes and prompting dozens of residents to evacuate.

The Los Angeles Timesreports that the Hunters Fire, which began late Monday afternoon in Hunters Valley, has already burned over 900 acres and is just 10% contained. Road closures are in effect near Lake McClure and the American Red Cross has set up emergency shelters along Highway 140 in Catheys Valley.

The blaze is thought to have originated as a house fire that spread to nearby brush and accelerated quickly due to blustery Santa Ana winds and persistent drought conditions in California.

The fire is the latest in California's devastating 2014 fire season, which began early in January and has seen more than 1,400 blazes throughout the state so far—nearly double the five-year average for the same time period.

Read more: Los Angeles Times