Little relief from hot weather is expected this week as crews fight to contain a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that has destroyed 12 homes and forced the evacuation of about 200 others.
The blaze has charred more than 26,000 acres – over 40 square miles – since Friday as wooded slopes ignited. Besides homes, the fire has engulfed 27 other buildings.
Officials ordered the evacuations of 195 homes under immediate threat, but some residents defied orders and stayed to protect their property. About 2,000 homes faced at least some danger from the fast-spreading flames, said Wayne Barringer, a state fire spokesman on the scene.
Most of the evacuated houses are in the town of Midpines, about 12 miles from the park.
A manager at the Yosemite Bug, a hostel in Midpines popular with European backpackers, said most guests had left over the weekend, but a few brave travelers stayed on Monday to try to spot Yosemite Valley's celebrated granite peaks through the smoke.