Fast-Growing River Fire Prompts Evacuations in Central California

A wildfire burning southwest of Yosemite National Park in California grew to 4,000 acres on July 11.

The River Fire jumped from 800 acres to 4,000 acres in a few hours on Sunday, prompting evacuations in communities across Madera and Mariposa counties.

Authorities said firefighting efforts have been hampered due to hot, dry and windy conditions. As of Sunday night, the fire was 5 percent contained.

This footage shows the smoke from the fire in Mariposa. In an Instagram post, the source said she “may have to evacuate soon.” Credit: @infamous_d_74 via Storyful

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting