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Washburn Fire in Yosemite National Park now at 58% containment

Posted at 5:38 PM, Jul 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-19 20:38:40-04

(KERO) — Firefighters continue to make progress in their efforts to keep a wildfire burning in Yosemite National Park in check increasing and strengthening containment lines around the blaze.

The Washburn Fire is now just over 4,900 acres, unchanged from the previous day’s estimates by the National Park Service and the National Interagency Fire Center. Containment has increased to 58 percent.

The fire began July 7th along the Washburn Trail within the Mariposa grove of iconic giant sequoia trees.

The southern area of Yosemite National Park remains closed to the general public.



ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

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.