About 800 homes are threatened by a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park.
The Carstens fire in Mariposa County has charred 1,600 acres near the primary roadway leading to Yosemite and drawn more than 2,200 firefighters to battle the flames.
“With the numbers of homes that are threatened and the potential for this fire to grow, we needed to call in those additional resources,” Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Tuesday.
The fire broke out Sunday afternoon east of California 140 in the Midpines area, about 40 miles southwest of Yosemite. Encouraged by warm weather, low humidity and moderate winds, the blaze quickly spread, burning through years-old dry timber and brush toward the Sierra National Forest, Berlant said.