Hot and dry conditions are hindering efforts to slow the growth of a deadly wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park, and some tourists are cutting their trips to the park short as smoke fills the air.
The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday that the Ferguson Fire — which ignited late Friday evening in the Sierra National Forest — has scorched more than 12,000 acres of dry brush and timber. The fire was just 5 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon.
The fire killed 36-year-old heavy equipment operator Braden Varney when his bulldozer overturned on Saturday.
Yosemite National Park officials say all trails and campgrounds in the park remain open, but are warning people to take precautions due to poor air quality.
The smoky conditions have much of Yosemite Valley — a popular tourist destination — clouded in haze, and poor views of some of the park's biggest attractions have tourists cutting their trips short or questioning whether they should even make the trip.