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Chimney Fire causes delays for hikers

Posted at 11:08 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 02:09:08-04

As the wildfire near the Chimney Peak wilderness continued to burn on Thursday, residents of the area weren't the only ones being displaced.

Hikers making their way up the Pacific Crest Trail had their journey put on hold as the blaze had consumed roughly 1,000 acres between Wednesday and Thursday.

The trail is over 2,600 miles long, stretching from Mexico to Canada. Hikers say that thousands of participants are currently braving the trek, which runs through the fire area.

Hikers also said that they rely on picking up supplies in Kennedy Meadows, an area not too far from the blaze. That's where they get cold weather gear needed to head into the Sierras. 

Although the Chimney Fire caused them delays, hikers said that fires are simply a part of this particular trail and are expected when they set off on their journey, which can last six months.