Three Hurt in Growing Central California Fire

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MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Officials say three firefighters have been injured in a Central California wildfire that has burned through more than 2 square miles in two days.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Tuesday that one of the three is an inmate firefighter who was cut by a chain saw. Berlant describes the injury as moderate. He says the other two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The Hunters Fire started Monday and quickly spread to the dry brush in the steep foothills of Mariposa County east of Lake McClure.

Berlant says more than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze on the ground. Air tankers and helicopters are being used to attack the flames from above.

Officials on Tuesday began urging some 50 residents in the area to evacuate from their homes.


MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - State fire officials have brought in hundreds of additional firefighters to battle a Central California blaze that is threatening about 100 rural homes.

The fire burning in foothills near Lake McClure in Mariposa County nearly doubled in size overnight to 900 acres and was 20 percent contained. The threatened homes are under evacuation orders. State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says about 500 firefighters were battling the Hunters Fire on Tuesday morning, up from 100 firefighters when the blaze began a day earlier.

Berlant says steep terrain and dry brush are making it difficult for crews to get a handle on the blaze. Temperatures are also high and are expected to be in the 90s on Tuesday.

Berlant says the conditions are similar to what firefighters would encounter during the summer.