Daniel Tune, information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said that despite the smoke, the fire was at least 3 to 4 miles from Ahwahnee. He said to burn a mile would be roughly equivalent to burning 640 acres, meaning the blaze would have to double or triple in size to get close to the community, which was extremely unlikely.
“What happens with smoke like this is a kind of optical illusion where it looks closer than it actually is, like it looks close to Oakhurst, but not really,” Tune said. “It’s still miles away.”
Tune said the flames hadn’t spread much further than a ranger station about a quarter mile south of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, near where the fire originally started on Tuesday.
In an afternoon update, the fire was reported at 1,200 acres, and remained 5% contained, with 350 personnel, 26 fire engines, seven hand crews, two helicopters, and three air tankers assigned.