en-US Wildfire near Yosemite destroys 50 homes, grows to 74,000 acres The wildfire blazing through California’s Gold Rush Country and prompting the evacuations of thousands of people grew overnight to more than 74,000 acres, but firefighters reported they are making progress in containing the inferno, officials said. Nearly 4,000 firefighters on the fire line upped containment to 15 percent from 10 percent the day before, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said. Hot and dry conditions of the area contributed to the fire’s rapid spread as 3,737 firefighters battled the inferno using 462 engines, 82 bulldozers and 13 helicopters, Cal Fire officials said. The fire, now California’s second largest this year, was burning in an area of tall chaparral and trees that flourished over the wet winter but dried out quickly during an early summer heat spell that saw days of triple-digit temperatures to the region about 30 miles west of Yosemite National Park. Thu, 01 1970 00:00:00 GMT