California, Fire officials said a deadly wildfire

burning near the west end of Yosemite National Park doubled in size

overnight.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman said the blaze has scorched 14

square miles (36 kilometers) of brush and timber as of Monday

morning. It is 2 percent contained.

Temperatures spiking to 95 degrees (35 Celsius) and

inaccessible terrain were making it difficult for crews to slow the blaze

that started Friday.

The wildfire that comes at the peak of tourist season shut down a

key route into the park and prompted mandatory evacuations for

Yosemite Cedar Lodge and nearby communities.

Firefighter was killed over the weekend while working on a

bulldozer to try to prevent the fire from spreading. California Fire

Deputy Chief said his body is in precarious terrain but that they hope

to recover his body soon, the Associated Press (AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency