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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.

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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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Suspect being questioned for Modesto double murder

UPDATE: Modesto man arrested for double murder


The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is questioning a suspect in the murder of a man and woman Sunday near the Tuolumne River.

The names of the suspect and the victims have not been released. However, police believe the victims had been homeless and living near the river.

Modesto man arrested for double murder

A Modesto man has been arrested for the shooting deaths of two people Sunday near the Tuolumne River.

Robert Leon Lynch, 74, is facing two charges of murder, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. He is accused of killing Cynthia Antrim, 30, and Chad Evert Romesha, 41, both of Modesto.

The sheriff's department said deputies were called to investigate a report of shots fired at about 11:17 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of River Road. They arrived to find Antrim and Romesha shot; Antrim was pronounced dead at the scene, while Romesha died later at a local hospital, the sheriff's department said.

Lynch was located at the scene of the shooting when deputies arrived, the sheriff's department said. He was taken into custoday at that time.