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California governor declares emergency in some areas amid raging wildfire

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 24, 2022

California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered a state of emergency in some areas as a major bushfire near Yosemite National Park has sparked a large wildfire.

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Reports say the Oak Fire that started on Friday spread rapidly on Saturday as authorities issued evacuation orders to nearly 6,000 people living in the area.

Reports claimed the fire spread through Mariposa County overnight and spread to the Sierra National Forest, destroying vehicles as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze.

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The wildfire has already destroyed 6,555 acres of land as authorities in Mariposa issued evacuation orders and said the blaze was “extreme”. The United States has been experiencing a scorching heat wave in recent days.

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Reports claim that more than 500 firefighters worked in the area aided by aircraft in an attempt to put out the blaze.

(With agency contributions)

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