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Man saves house from El Portal fire with rake, chainsaw, a final plea
Man saves house 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. ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post misspelled the name of Kylie Chappell as Kylie Chappelle. ------------ "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...

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