Deadly Fire Moves Closer to Yosemite, Burning More Than 32,000 Acres

Firefighters watch as an air tanker drops retardant while battling the Ferguson fire in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Yosemite National Park, California on July 21, 2018. (Credit: NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Firefighters watch as an air tanker drops retardant while battling the Ferguson fire in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Yosemite National Park, California on July 21, 2018. (Credit: NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ferguson fire continued its march toward Yosemite National Park this weekend, growing significantly to 32,484 acres and prompting the closure of some campgrounds and roads.

The fast-spreading fire has been burning in Sierra Nevada for days, consuming dry brush and dead trees while threatening mountain communities and more than 200 structures.

Jim Mackensen, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said firefighters have been aggressively attacking the fire, but steep, rugged terrain with little to no access to roads has made their work difficult.

An area of concern was the northern portion of the fire, where it jumped the Merced River and into the Stanislaus National Forest — the Rim fire broke out there in 2013.

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