Emergency Declared As Wildfire Rages Near Yosemite National Park In California

A state of emergency has been declared as firefighters tackled a 6,000-acre brush fire near Yosemite National Park in California.The Oak Fire is the largest to hit the state in 2022 and officials say it could take a week to contain the blaze.More than 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and power has been shut off in at least 2,000 homes and businesses.The fire started on Friday afternoon southwest of the park near the town of Midpines in Mariposa County. It had grown to nearly 19 square miles (48 square kilometers) by Saturday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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