Ferguson fire burns near Yosemite
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Ferguson fire burns near Yosemite

Charles Phillips waits for a procession carrying the body of firefighter Braden Varney in Mariposa, Calif. Varney died Saturday while battling the Ferguson fire when his bulldozer overturned.

 (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

A procession of firetrucks carrying the body of firefighter Braden Varney makes its way along Highway 140 in Mariposa.

 (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

Inmate firefighters clear brush to create a firebreak while battling the Ferguson fire in unincorporated Mariposa County.

 (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

The Ferguson fire burns along a ridgeline in unincorporated Mariposa County.

 (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

The Ferguson fire burns along a ridgeline in unincorporated Mariposa County.

 (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

A plane battling the Ferguson fire is silhouetted against the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County, near Yosemite National Park.

 (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

A helicopter gathers water from the Merced River to fight the blaze along steep terrain behind Redbud Lodge in El Portal, Calif., on Saturday.  

 (Andrew Kuhn / Merced Sun-Star)

The Ferguson fire burns near Yosemite National Park. On Sunday, the fire had spread to more than 4,000 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 140 into the park and prompting evacuations of nearby communities.

 (Carrie Anderson / Associated Press)

The fire is burning in rugged, steep terrain where drought-stricken trees are providing plenty of fuel, fire officials said. 

 (Andrew Kuhn / Merced Sun-Star)

Kern County firefighters make their way to the Redbud Lodge on Saturday to battle the blaze. 

 (Andrew Kuhn / Merced Sun-Star)
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