“We’re all just standing on eggshells, waiting,” Loh said.
The governor’s emergency declaration finding “conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property” frees up funds and firefighting resources and helps Tuolumne County in seeking federal disaster relief. More than 2,000 firefighters are already battling the blaze.
The Yosemite County Tourism Bureau based in Mariposa has been helping tourists displaced by the fire to find new accommodations in other park-area towns, said director Terry Selk.
Associated Press writers Jason Dearen, Lisa Leff and Andrew Dalton in San Francisco contributed to this report.