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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Scientists are assessing the damage from a massive wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park, laying plans to protect habitat and waterways as the fall rainy season approaches.

Members of the federal Burned Area Emergency Response team have been hiking the rugged Sierra Nevada terrain this weekend even as thousands of firefighters continue to battle the four-week-old blaze. The 50 scientists are working to identify areas at the highest risk for erosion into waterways, including the reservoir that provides San Francisco with its famously pure water. Officials say they hope to have a report ready in two weeks so remediation can start before the first storms.

The wildfire started on Aug. 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest when a hunter's illegal fire swept out of control. It now ranks as the third-largest wildfire in modern California history, having burned 394 square miles of timber, meadows and sensitive wildlife habitat.

Published in National News
Sunday, 14 April 2013 09:16

16 injured in Yosemite bus crash

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a tour bus has crashed near Yosemite National Park and 16 people are hurt, but their injuries aren't serious.

The California Highway Patrol says the bus was about 40 miles south of the park when the accident occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday.

The patrol's Merced dispatch office described it as a minor injury crash, and said the 16 people were taken to local hospitals.

The office says that the bus was carrying 17 people, including a driver, when it went off the road and over and embankment near local road 630.

No more information was immediately available.

Published in National News

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