YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - About two dozen private cabins have been evacuated in Yosemite National Park after a prescribed burn in the area swelled out of control.

Officials ordered the evacuations in an area called Foresta around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Wednesday's prescribed burn was supposed to consume only about 90 acres, but quickly grew to 1,170 acres overnight and shut down a section of Highway 120 through the park. The blaze is now about 10 percent contained.

Smoke from the blaze has filled the valley, and Yosemite officials say it's obscured some of the popular park views.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says the area initially had met the criteria for a prescribed burn: winds were light, air quality good and the moisture was in the proper range.

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California always has really bad fire seasons. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the two fire fighters that lost their lives today fighting fire in North LA County. Lost brothers, be at peace!
Hummmmm? Sounds like someone messed up. DUHHHHHHHHHHH!
Nice "controlled" burn... and now it is at over 4000 acres? Yikes!

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