Two dead squirrels at a campground in Yosemite National Park were found to have been killed by plague, leading park officials to close it for treatment.
California’s drought may lead to the extinction of a tiny fish holding onto dwindling habitat in Tuolumne County.
The Rim Fire that has blackened more than 228,000 acres in Stanislaus National Forest is now 60 percent contained but about 4,500 residences remain threatened, Cal Fire officials reported Monday morning.
The Rim Fire remained 20 percent contained on Tuesday morning. Fire crews anticipate cooler temperatures and higher humidity this week that could allow them to gain the upper hand.
Hundreds of firefighters were digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep the so-called Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of several mountain hamlets.