Mariposa Co. wildfire forces evacuations

MARIPOSA, Calif. - State fire officials say a blaze burning in foothills near a Central California lake is threatening more than a 100 rural homes and has forced dozens of residents to evacuate.
 
Cal Fire says the Hunters Fire in Mariposa County broke out Monday afternoon and quickly burned at least 900 acres of dry brush.
 
The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office has ordered evacuations of homes on rural roads in the Hunters Valley area near Lake McClure.
 
Hot, dry conditions fueled the blaze west of Yosemite National Park.
 
Crews working in steep, rugged terrain were putting out hotspots and building containment lines. Cal Fire's Daniel Berlant said additional crews from the U.S. Forest Service and various Central California firefighting agencies were being brought in.
 
As of Tuesday morning, the fire had burned 900 acres and was only 10 percent contained.
 

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