The Latest: Forest fire continues to grow near Yosemite

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

10:57 a.m.

A forest fire burning in the Sierra Nevada just west of Yosemite National Park has grown to nearly 36 square miles (93 square kilometers).

More than 2,700 firefighters are battling the Ferguson Fire, but officials say only 7 percent of its perimeter is contained Friday.

The park remains open but one of its scenic routes, Glacier Point Road, has been closed to stage firefighters.

The fire broke out July 13 in steep and rugged terrain within Sierra National Forest, and a bulldozer operator was killed the next day while trying to stop its spread.

Smoke has repeatedly degraded visibility and air quality in Yosemite Valley since the blaze began.

In Southern California, a fire that erupted Thursday near the city of Corona remains at 250 acres (101 hectares). Officials say fire behavior moderated overnight due to decreased winds and higher humidity. Most evacuations have been lifted.


6:40 a.m.

Most evacuations have been lifted around a Southern California wildfire area near the city of Corona.

The fire erupted Thursday and grew to about 250 acres (101 hectares).

In the Sierra Nevada, the Ferguson Fire has grown to more than 33 square miles (85 square kilometers) of forest west of Yosemite.

The El Portal Trailer Court is the latest of seven areas to come under mandatory evacuation orders.

The Ferguson Fire broke out on July 13 and a bulldozer operator was killed the next day while working to contain the flames.

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