A wildfire ignited near Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County on Friday is, once again, threatening the area and forcing evacuations for residents in the mountainous communities in the Sierra foothills.
“For decades, forest agencies have either failed to implement fundamental wildfire prevention measures or have been prevented from doing so by environmental regulations,” Rep. Connie Conway (R-Tulare) said.
The blaze, ignited near the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, has threatened on of America’s iconic national parks.
Thunderstorms early Wednesday morning have forced evacuations in eastern Fresno County.
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was airlifted out with injuries after being hit by a boulder while fighting the blaze.
“California is finally making progress on long-overdue forest health improvement and wildfire risk reduction projects, but there has never been a greater need to increase the pace and scale of those projects,” local officials said.
“While I respect that the [U.S. Fish and Wildlfe] Service supports land management activities that contribute to healthy forests, history has not been kind to the federal government and its forest management policies,” the lawmaker wrote.
Environmentalists have attempted to use the Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher, a weasel-like creature, to block wildfire prevention efforts in court. Now, Federal officials are going one step further.
The agreement was reached after the regulators found fault with the maintenance and condition of a high-voltage PG&E transmission tower supporting a long inactive power plant.
As containment of the KNP Complex fires continues to grow, one of the two neighboring national parks will reopen.