Smoke continues to fill Madera sky
A growing fire in the Sierra National Forest northeast of Fresno is now 35 percent contained, according to a Wednesday update from the United States Bureau of Land Management, but the threat of the flames expanding even further remains a grim reality.
Dubbed the Aspen Fire, the blaze has grown to more than 14,300 acres since a lightning strike sparked it on July 22, the update read.
Nearly 1,800 personnel have been called in to fight the growing flames, the statement said, and the cost of the battle has increased to $10.6 million as a result of the need for the added help.
That help is even more necessary because of the steep, inaccessible terrain that is being scorched by the raging blaze, the statement said...