California Wildfire Burns Over 14,000 Acres Near Yosemite National Park

A wildfire in California has already engulfed more than 14,000 acres and forced thousands of people to evacuate from rural communities near Yosemite National Park. The fire which is 0% contained began Friday in the foothills of Sierra Nevada mountain range. Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County after the fire caused over 3,000 people to evacuate from their homes and electricity was also stopped in the area. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire destroyed at least 10 structures as of Saturday and was threatening 2,000 others. Eleven fire crews with more than 400 personnel as well as 45 fire engines and four helicopters were dispatched to help fight the blaze.