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California fire burns in backcountry of Yosemite as sweltering heat enters forecast

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California's Red Fire ignited in Yosemite National Park on Aug. 4, 2022.

California’s Red Fire ignited in Yosemite National Park on Aug. 4, 2022.

Fire Integrated REAL-TIME Intelligence

A California fire burning about 8 miles south-east of Yosemite Village was mapped at 167 acres by Friday evening, officials said.

An aircraft flying on the Red Fire in Yosemite National Park at 6 p.m. with respect to hawaii Office of Emergency Services because of its Fire Integrated Real-time Intelligence System mapped the burn scar.

The fire keeps growing as triple digit heat enters the forecast for inland regions of California this weekend.

The National Weather Service said Yosemite Valley is likely to hit 97 degrees on Saturday, 99 on Sunday and 100 degrees on Monday.

OES Intel 12, Aug 12th on the #RedFire, Yosemite National Park. Fire is mapped at 167 acres at 18: 04 hours. pic.twitter.com/UT1Qvgi8pQ

FIRIS (@FIRIS) August 13, 2022

The fire started by way of a lightning strike at 7,800-feet elevation close to the Mariposa-Madera county lines on Aug. 4, Yosemite Fire and Aviation Management said.

Photos posted on social media marketing showed wildfire smoke behind Half Dome on Friday.

8.12 1647 Smoke from the #RedFire seen behind #HalfDome on the webcam. pic.twitter.com/vplRUbEs1Z

Stacey (@stacey_hb_) August 12, 2022

Visitors are reporting seeing smoke,” Scott Gediman, a spokesperson for the national park, told Clarke Broadcasting. “Were monitoring it. We realize about any of it. Its no sort of threat. We’d a few other small starts earlier in the week, and the ones other starts went. So, the Red Fire of the lightning strikes may be the one that continues to be going and crews are onto it now.

California's Red Fire ignited in Yosemite National Park on Aug. 4, 2022.

California’s Red Fire ignited in Yosemite National Park on Aug. 4, 2022.

Yosemite Fire and Aviation

Several small fires sparked this month amid thunderstorms that swept the park as monsoon moisture from the desert Southwest climbed into California.

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