“Oak Fire” near the famous Yosemite Park in California

More than 2,500 firefighters backed by 17 helicopters were battling flames from an “explosive” fire on Monday that continued to spread at an “extremely rapid” rate in the wooded hills of central California, near famed Yosemite National Park. Dubbed “Oak Fire,” it erupted on Friday near the small town of Midpines and already covered about 7,000 hectares of vegetation according to the latest report available Monday night. It has already become the largest wildfire in California this season. point in the pictures.

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  • An air carrier shot down an obstruction while trying to prevent an “Oak Fire” from advancing in Mariposa County, California, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Noah Berger / AP / SIPA

    The so-called “Oak Fire” blaze broke out on Friday near the small town of Midpines.

  • A forest burned by an “oak fire” near Medpen, northeast Mariposa, California on July 23, 2022. David MCNEW/AFP

    He had already traveled in about 7,000 hectares of vegetation according to the latest report available Monday night.

  • A firefighter fights “Oak Fire” in the Jerseydale community of Mariposa County, California, Saturday, July 23, 2022. Noah Berger / AP / SIPA

    “The height of the flames was 30 metres,” David Lee, one of the evacuees, told the newspaper. Santa Cruz Ranger.

  • Fire engulfs a home on Triangle Road in Mariposa County, California, Saturday, July 23, 2022. — Noah Berger / AP / SIPA

    The 55-year-old was among the first evacuees on Friday and it is believed that his house was engulfed in flames.

  • A helicopter drops water over an “Oak Fire” in Mariposa County, California, Saturday, July 23, 2022. – ETHAN SWOPE / AP / SIPA

    More than 2,500 firefighters backed by 17 helicopters took part in putting out the flames on Monday.

  • A firefighter extinguishes flames as Oak Fire crosses Dara Road in Mariposa County, California, Friday, July 22, 2022. Noah Berger / AP / SIPA

    Already the biggest wildfire in California this season, “it’s moving really fast and the reaction window for evacuating people is limited,” he explained in the series. CNN John Hagee, a California fire official.

  • The sun sets behind a smoke-filled forest near Midpines, northeast of Mariposa, California, on July 23, 2022. David MCNEW/AFP

    According to the expert, the speed of progress and the behavior of this fire are “really unprecedented.”

  • A firefighting helicopter skips sunset as it battles “Oak Fire” near Mariposa, California, July 24, 2022. David MCNEW/AFP

    The state’s fire department said firefighters were working tirelessly “using bulldozers, hand crews and aircraft.”

  • A charred truck is set on fire in the Jerseydale area of ​​Mariposa County, California, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Noah Berger / AP / SIPA

    The “oak fire” was only up to 16% contained on Tuesday, after dozens of buildings were destroyed, but emergency services fear that number will rise rapidly.

  • A burning house after an oak fire passed through the area on July 23, 2022 near Mariposa, California. – Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

    The fire threatens a few thousand homes in small rural towns in Mariposa County, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where thousands of people remain under evacuation orders.

  • A fire gnawed through the woods near Medpen, northeast of Mariposa, California, on July 23, 2022. – David MCNEW/AFP

    John Hagee, the fire chief, described it as a “huge fire,” fueled by dead trees and withering bushes in this chronically drought-prone region.

  • Firefighters clear hot spots while battling “Oak Fire” in the Jerseydale community of Mariposa County, California, Monday, July 25, 2022. Noah Berger / AP / SIPA

    “It is a direct result of climate change,” he added. “You can’t go through ten years of drought in California and expect things to not change.”

  • Livestock in a meadow surrounded by burning logs after a fire near Mariposa, California, July 25, 2022. David MCNEW/AFP

    Officials said about 3,000 people had been evacuated so far.

  • A firefighter filters his hoses over a burning tree near Midpines, northeast of Mariposa, California, on July 23, 2022. David MCNEW/AFP

    The American West has already experienced wildfires of exceptional size and intensity in recent years, with a particularly noticeable lengthening of the fire season, a phenomenon that scientists mainly attribute to climate change.

  • This July 25, 2022 photo shows a firetruck driving through a burning forest at night during an “oak fire” near Mariposa, California. – David MCNEW/AFP

    “Oak Fire” is one of the most dramatic manifestations of the heat wave that hit the United States this weekend.

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