Environment & Science

Ferguson fire near Yosemite is harbinger of California's fire year ahead

Yosemite's been here before. Flames from the Rim Fire consume trees on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California.
Yosemite's been here before. Flames from the Rim Fire consume trees on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California.
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The Ferguson fire continues to threaten Yosemite, as it more than doubled in size over the past few days. The hot and dry conditions that've made it difficult to tackle the blaze have been present across other parts of the state, hinting at a potentially destructive fire year ahead for California.