Plane associated with Yosemite fire has crashed, officials say

FRESNO, Calif. -- Yosemite National Park officials have confirmed that a plane associated with the "Dog Rock Fire" burning in Yosemite National Park, has crashed.

In a press release, Cal Fire said they had lost contact with an airtanker flying near the fire. They said emergency personnel are currently responding to the last known location of the aircraft. The status of the aircraft and the pilot have not been determined.

The twin-engine tanker can carry 1,200 gallons of fire retardant.

The fire began Tuesday afternoon near state Highway 140, which leads into the heart of the park. It has grown to about 130 acres and forced the evacuation of several dozen homes near the community of Foresta.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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