Fire Threatens Homes West Of Yosemite Valley

MIDPINES, CALIF. (AP) - A 1,000-acre fire about 30 miles west of Yosemite Valley is threatening several hundred homes.

Cheryl Goetz, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says the Telegraph Fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain along both sides of the Merced River.

The Mariposa Sheriff's Department is warning residents of the town of Midpines to prepare to evacuate. Midpines is located along Highway 140, the thoroughfare to the west entrance of Yosemite National Park.

Campers on nearby Bureau of Land Management land were evacuated
as a precaution.

Fire crews on Saturday afternoon were being flown into the hard-to-reach area. Crews had been hiking several hours to get to the fire because smoke had prohibited aircraft from flying in the area, Goetz says.

The fire was first reported Friday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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