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Cause of Dog Rock Fire determined


The Dog Rock Fire near Yosemite National Park ignited from sparks generated by hot metal fragments from a vehicle, according to park spokesperson Kari Cobb.

The sparks may have come trailer safety chains dragging on the pavement, vehicle brake parts generating a spark or other sources.

The 245-acre fire broke out early Tuesday afternoon between the park boundary and Arch Rock Entrance Station. It continues to burn along Highway 140, east of El Portal. The highway is closed.

Crews had 10 percent containment as of Thursday morning.

A Cal Fire air tanker assigned to the fire crashed Tuesday afternoon, killing 62-year-old pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt.


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Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite burns 250 acres


Firefighters continue to fight the Dog Rock Fire burning in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday.

The 250-acre wildfire started around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Dog Rock on El Portal Road between the park boundary and the Arch Rock Entrance Station. There is no estimate on the fire's containment.

Even though the fire grew 100 acres since Tuesday night, firefighters were able to keep the growth at a minimal, the National Park Service said. Favorable weather conditions helped crews battle the blaze.

The evacuation of about 60 homes from the Foresta community remains in effect. Highway 140 into the park remains closed, but the park and other roads into it are open to the public.

Pilot killed in air tanker crash near Yosemite identified


Cal Fire said a pilot was killed in an air tanker crash in Yosemite National Park Tuesday.

Wednesday, Cal Fire released the pilot's name. He was Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt, 62, of San Jose. Hunt had been with Dyncorp International for 13 years. Dyncorp is under contract with Cal Fire.

Hunt, flying a Cal Fire S-2T air tanker, was battling the Dog Rock Fire burning in the park when officials lost contact with the plane around 4:30 p.m., Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said. Emergency personnel had to work through "extremely difficult terrain" in order to reach the crash site.

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