The fire, called the Meadow Fire, is burning in the Yosemite Wilderness area of the park. Helicopters and teams from the California Highway Patrol, US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and CAL FIRE participated in the rescue mission on Sunday, according to the National Park Service (NPS). They used four heavy and three medium helicopters, an air attack aircraft that helps coordinate other aircraft working the fire, and three air tankers.
Meadow Fire began around noon on Sunday, to the east of Half Dome, the park’s towering granite formation that is among the most known features in Yosemite. NPS reported the cause was likely a lightning strike. The blaze quickly grew to 700 acres, with smoke billowing hundreds of feet into the air. By Monday the inferno encompassed at least 2,582 acres of rugged terrain.