Firefighter killed battling wildfire near Yosemite

Creek Fire devastated one of Oregon's most scenic areas. But far worse fires have happened including a series of massive wildfires in the Tillamook State Forest in the 1930s'40s and'50s

Creek Fire devastated one of Oregon's most scenic areas. But far worse fires have happened including a series of massive wildfires in the Tillamook State Forest in the 1930s'40s and'50s

CAL FIRE announced this afternoon that Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney was tragically killed while battling the fire.

Cal Fire said he leaves behind a wife and two children.

Details on how he died are not being released at this time.

Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park Operations Map for Monday, July 16, 2018.

Temperatures spiking to 95 degrees and inaccessible terrain were making it hard for crews to slow the flames, U.S. Forest Service fire Capt. Mike Seymour said.

The Ferguson Fire was reported to have burned 4,000 acres as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday, at 2 percent containment and with 500 personnel battling the growing blaze.

The fire, which ignited Friday, was only about 2 percent contained by Monday at 7 p.m. local time as crews grappled with the area's steep mountain terrain and extreme temperatures that made it hard to slow the fire's spread.

A key route into the park was closed, while a lodge and some nearby rural communities were evacuated.

A quickly spreading wildfire has led to the closure of one of the main access points into California's Yosemite National Park.

The grass fire, which remains under investigation, destroyed 82 structures and had temporarily closed Interstate 5 for several miles from Yreka to Ashland, Ore. Cal Fire says he was clearing fire lines when the accident happened.

Braden's Cal Fire family asks everyone to please continue to keep Braden, his loved ones and all responders on the front lines in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions.

Cal Fire, the USFS and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department have created a joint command.

The Ferguson fire in Mariposa County broke out Friday and is burning largely out of control.

The fire is one of dozens burning across the West as the region struggles with high temperatures that increased fire danger.

"Visitors who are sensitive to smoke should plan to limit any strenuous outdoor activities or plan to visit the park another time", the Yosemite National Park said on Twitter.

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