Firefighter dies while battling Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County

Blake Scott- National Park Service  Sierra Fire Watch Ferguson Fire has grown more than 9000 acres since it started on Friday evening

Daniel Swain believes the Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the life of one firefighter, "is likely to burn for many days and may eventually become a major threat" to the national park, he said via Twitter.

CAL FIRE announced this afternoon that Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney was tragically killed while battling the fire. CAL FIRE says Varney leaves behind a wife and two small children.

Varney was part of the group battling the Ferguson Fire, which broke out around 10:30 p.m. Friday night in Mariposa County, near the west end of the park.

INITIAL REPORT: The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) says that the Green Top Mountain Fire 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point is now burning at approximately 30 acres. It shut down a key route into the park and prompted mandatory evacuations for Yosemite Cedar Lodge, which is outside the park, and nearby communities.

Varney's death "has left all of us deeply saddened, our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones and CALFIRE fellow firefighters", the U.S. Forest Service in California said in a statement.

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Increased monsoonal activity has also significantly lowered the fire danger risk for Grand Canyon National Park, and the park rescinded Stage 2 fire restrictions July 13. Second generation dozer operator Braden Varney died in the fire. He said the fire is burning in rugged, steep terrain where "drought-stricken trees are providing plenty of fuel".

Crews successfully held the fire along Highway 140 and protected structures as the fire showed significant growth to the south in Nutmeg and Devils Gulch area.

"I want to express my appreciation to our local communities and visitors for their outstanding compliance with fire restrictions this year", said Art Gonzales, fire staff officer for the Kaibab National Forest.

No cause of the fire has been released.

Near the OR border, firefighters are continuing to make progress on the Klamathon Fire, which is now 95 percent contained. Thunderstorms in the area and wind have also given firefighters unfavorable conditions to work in, Seymour added.

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