Wildfire threatens homes around Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 00:57
Firefighters battle to stop a raging wildfire from spreading further into Yosemite National Park. Linda So reports.
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Firefighters are trying to gain the upper hand on a fast-moving wildfire threatening Yosemite National Park.
They're tearing down brush and trees to try to stop the flames that have already scorched thousands of acres since Saturday.
This woman's home in a nearby town was completely destroyed.
SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT, SAYING:
"It was a matter of moments from it going from white whispy smoke in the El Portal area to a big black churning cloud to this orange wall of flames coming our direction."
Homes have been evacuated as firefighters attack the flames from the air and the ground.
And while most of Yosemite remains open to tourists, several roads and campgrounds have been closed.
SOUNDBITE: TOURIST JOHN SEIDEN, SAYING:
"Smoke wasn't as bad as being rerouted."
Officials say it's the driest year on record in Yosemite.
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