The Telegraph fire burning near Yosemite National Park was 95 percent contained Monday, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said. The Mariposa County blaze, sparked by a target shooter, has burned 34,000 acres northwest of Yosemite Valley and destroyed 21 homes. Officials expect full containment today.
Evacuations have been lifted and firefighters have been making their way home. The American Red Cross will close its relief center Wednesday. The center at Midpines Community Hall, on Highway 140, will be open today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday morning, two firetrucks were hit on Highway 99 near Harvey Pettit Road near Le Grand by two vehicles at 10:21 a.m., officials said. A 2007 Chevrolet truck belonging to Cal Fire also was damaged, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Shane Ferriera.
Ferriera said a 51-year-old woman was driving a 2005 GMC Sierra north on Highway 99. The woman slowed for a firetruck making a left turn in front of her. An 18-year-old man driving behind her in a 2002 Ford Explorer didn't see the woman slow and swerved to avoid a collision.
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The teen lost control and his Explorer collided with the woman's Sierra. Ferriera said both vehicles then swerved across the median and hit the two firetrucks, which had been stopped in a left turn lane. The woman's car also hit nine safety barrels in the median; one of them struck the front windshield of the Cal Fire 2007 Chevrolet truck, causing moderate damage.
Ferriera said the 51-year-old woman suffered minor injuries. No one else was hurt. The fire engines received minor damage.
The Red Cross is accepting donations to help those who lost their homes in the fire. Contributions may be sent to any American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC, 20013. Internet users can make a secure contribution at www.redcross.org.