UPDATED 6:43 AM PT — Mon. July 23, 2018
The deadly Ferguson Fire continues to grow in California as it advances closer to Yosemite National Park. The fire has grown to over 30,000 acres since it started on July 13, and is now just two-miles away from Yosemite.
The blaze claimed its first life on its first day, when a bulldozer fell down a hillside while building a defensive line. Six firefighters have since been injured as nearly 3,000 continue to fight the blaze, which is only six-percent contained.
Officials say no structures have been destroyed, but 216 remain threatened.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited the scene Saturday, and said he has confidence in the team fighting the blaze.
“We are all stake holders in making sure we return a healthy forest and make sure we can recreate…and it starts with actively managing our forest,” stated Zinke. “After hearing the briefs today (Saturday, July 21, 2018) we have the best team on it.
Fire officials are not expecting help from the weather. Forecasts predict conditions will get hotter and drier, with temperatures passing 100-degrees by the middle of the week