Burning motorhome sparks huge blaze near Yosemite National Park in California


Burning motorhome causes huge blaze near Yosemite National Park (Junior Sanchez)A wildfire, started Thursday when a motorhome burned in the Merced River Canyon, was still burning out of control, according to an article Friday in the Fresno Bee.

The blaze, dubbed the Motor Fire, was moving rapidly on Friday and has consumed more than 3,600 acres in central California.

A motorhome that caught fire on Highway 140 Thursday afternoon sparked the wildfire that raced up both sides of the canyon.

According to the Fresno Bee, “Junior Sanchez, a beer truck driver, said he and his co-worker had finished making deliveries Thursday to Yosemite National Park and were westbound on Highway 140 toward Modesto when they saw the motorhome about five vehicles ahead of them catch fire.

Sanchez said “he saw the motorhome stop in the road and people spill out of it. They were able to unhook a small car they were pulling before the motorhome became engulfed in flames.

“He said the motorhome’s propane and gas tanks appeared to burst and that ignited brush alongside the roadway within two to three minutes after the motorhome stopped.

“Within five minutes the whole thing was on fire,” Sanchez said.

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Updated story on Saturday: Modesto Bee. On CBS 47 earlier Sunday a.m.

Photos: A motorhome along Highway 140 caught fire on Thursday and sparked the blaze that blackened 3,600 acres by Friday night and has almost 1200 people battling it. By Junior Sanchez/Special to the Fresno Bee.

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