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Man saves ranch from El Portal fire with rake, chainsaw, a final plea
Man saves ranch from El Portal fire with rake, chainsaw, a final plea

The Yosemite community of Foresta sits atop a hill. On Saturday, Jason Torlano, 39, got a call from a friend asking him to help save her ranch from the El Portal fire, which has now burned more than 2,600 acres and is less than 5% contained. The first thing Torlano did was note the wind. "It was blowing upslope. I figured there was less than an hour till it reached Foresta," he said. As he raced from Yosemite Valley to Foresta on the west side of the park, cars were streaming out. Authorities evacuated Foresta, Old El Portal and several campgrounds. Bears were lumbering into Foresta, driven by the fire. When Torlano reached Spur Ranch, the fire was a half-mile away. He...

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