Mariposa & Yosemite

Mariposa County wildfire burning in a fire-prone area. Here’s what we know

Calfire crews on Monday were fighting a Mariposa County wildfire located in an area with a recent history of massive blazes.

Called the Lake Fire, 222 acres have burned near the Lake McSwain entrance and Lake McClure road in Hornitos, according to Calfire. It is about 40 percent contained.

As of Monday, there were no evacuation orders in place.

About a year ago, the Ferguson Fire burned for more than a month, charring 96,901 acres in the Sierra National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and state lands. Much of Yosemite National Park was forced into a three-week closure due to the fire.

The Detwiler Fire burned 80,000 acres the previous year.

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Reporter Thaddeus Miller has covered cities in the central San Joaquin Valley since 2010, writing about everything from breaking news to government and police accountability. A native of Fresno, he joined The Fresno Bee in 2019 after time in Merced and Los Banos.