California wildfire near Yosemite prompts evacuation of 700 homes

(Reuters) – A 300-acre wildfire on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park in central California prompted authorities to order the evacuation of hundreds of homes, officials said on Friday.

The blaze, dubbed the “Bridge Fire”, began in the afternoon in Mariposa County, some 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) southwest of the national park, forcing evacuations and closures of the surrounding roads, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CalFire).

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that about 700 homes were in the evacuated area.

As of 10 p.m. local time on Friday, no structures had been damaged, one person had sustained minor injuries, and the blaze was 10 percent contained, CalFire said.

 

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