(Vatican Radio) Firefighters are battling a massive blaze stretching over more than
a hundred square miles in northern California. The fire spread into Yosemite National
Park on Friday as authorities urged more evacuations in nearby communities where thousands
of people fled during the week as flames spread across the western Sierra Nevada.
issued voluntary evacuation advisories for two new towns on Friday. A mandatory evacuation
order remained in effect for part of Pine Mountain Lake, a summer gated community
that's a few miles from the fire line.
Mike Dueitt of the US Fish and Wildlife
Service said authorities are concerned about damage to essential infrastructure and
affects on the water supply. “We’re dealing with protecting those as much as possible,”
More than 4,000 residences are also being threatened by the blaze.Listen: