Yosemite wildfire grows as firefighters struggle to contain blaze

California Wildfires
Posted at 11:49 AM, Jul 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-13 15:42:00-04

More than 3,700 acres of land in Yosemite National Park have been claimed by the Washburn Fire, forcing several highways in the area to close.

Meanwhile, officials said that 17% of the fire has been contained, as of early Wednesday afternoon. The fire has been burning for nearly a week as dry conditions continue to fuel the flames.

The fire has threatened 500 sequoia trees in the Mariposa Grove, which was evacuated and is closed. The rest of the park remains open.

Some towering trees extend hundreds of feet into the sky and are up to 3,000 years old.

Officials are using the removal of heavy and fine fuels around the trees and deploying ground-based sprinkler systems to increase the humidity near the trees. The fire is burning in difficult terrain with continuous heavy fuels in and around the fire, National Park officials said.

The fire is also in an area with a lot of fuel left behind from trees that died seven to nine years ago.


Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist:

  • Face masks or coverings
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Don’t forget pet food and water!

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.

Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.