Telegraph Fire now 40% Contained

July 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fire crews get much-needed relief in their fight with the telegraph fire as it rages on in the foothills.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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The telegraph fire continued its march across Mariposa County leaving hundreds of people wondering if their home is next. But cooler temperatures and calmer winds could give firefighters a big break in their battle against the wildfire.

So far the fire has scorched more than 32,000 acres and 21 homes have been destroyed. The fire is now 40% percent contained. Fire officials said flames reached as close as 12-miles outside of Yosemite National Park.

Hot spots remain in the Mariposa and Midpines area, but the bulk of the fire is now well north of the area. Firefighters said the fire may expand in size because the terrain is extremely difficult, but it is moving away from populated areas.

Power has been restored for most of Yosemite National Park. Firefighters had to cut the power at the start of the fire because of the danger to fire crews. Backup generators from PG&E have put the lights back on for many of the hotels and lodges.

Anxious Mariposa residents packed 3 community meetings to hear the latest developments on the fire's progress. Homeowners were briefed on the fire attack and the next areas threatened by approaching flames.

Firefighters don't know yet when people will be able to return to their homes, but they are keeping residents updated. Officials said they'll have public meetings every day until the fire is contained.



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