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Reflecting on Yosemite

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Greg Peck
August 28, 2013

It's a shame, the wildfire that's burning forest in the western Sierra Nevada, including parts of California's Yosemite National Park. At least the fire, which started Aug. 17, is still in mainly remote areas of the park. The top attractions of the nearly 1,200-square-mile park remain open.

Still, the fire is the seventh-largest in California history dating to 1932. It was threatening 4,500 structures, had destroyed 111 and risked water supplies, hydroelectric power and giant sequoias. It had charred about 293 square miles and was only 23 percent contained, officials said Wednesday morning.

My wife, Cheryl, and I spent two weeks in the San Francisco area last summer, including two full days touring the famous Yosemite Valley. I saw a wire story the other day with a Groveland dateline. Cheryl and I loved our stay in and around Groveland, and I hope the fire is sparing this attractive little community, as well. We rented one of a cluster of cabins a few miles closer to the park from Groveland. We booked the deal through the historic, picturesque Groveland Hotel, and we enjoyed circling back to gobble the great breakfasts in the hotel dining room before heading to the park.

Hope you enjoy the scenic photos I've included here, and I hope and pray firefighters can safely extinguish this fire before it does much more damage.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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