California emergency as huge Yosemite fire rages
LOS ANGELES, California (AFP) - A huge wildfire raged unchecked near California's famous Yosemite National Park on Friday, threatening thousands of homes as officials declared a state of emergency.
The blaze - named the "Rim Fire" - erupted on Saturday in the Stanislaus National Forest to the west of Yosemite, one of the most popular tourist attractions in California.
By early Friday the inferno had destroyed more than 42,000 ha while more than 2,000 firefighters were tackling the flames.
The blaze was classified as only two percent contained and was threatening some 4,500 homes, according to the official fire information website Inciweb.