State of emergency declared due to ‘explosive’ California wildfire

A state of emergency has been declared in California’s Mariposa County after thousands were ordered to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite National Park on Saturday.

The Oak Fire exploded into one of the state’s largest wildfires of the year, with officials issuing evacuation orders and shutting off power to more than 2,000 homes and businesses.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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