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We -- back in this Fox News alert from northern California in our crews are making slow progress.
On a massive wildfires burning in and around Yosemite National Park.
We're now told and that it could be weeks.
Before this is fully contained some good news for one small community though as evacuation orders have been lifted.
Bringing relief to those who are able to return home to their houses lesson.
Packing up and -- and leaving your house and looking back at it that's what it.
You know it's just he -- organize it against -- right exactly.
The -- -- -- -- joins us now live.
From to allow me city California so Claudia that city is under an evacuation advisory for the eighth straight day now right.
That's right -- and as you can see it's another very smoky morning out lighter winds -- fanning the flames like we saw over the weekend but they're not clearing -- the smoking either in the past few mornings.
And inversion layer is really kept a lid on the smoke until well past noon.
Now chopper pilots in the pilots of the air tankers they can't make their drops if they can't see where the flames are.
Ironically fire officials say they'd like a little wind to blow out the smoke and get those critical resource is up in the air earlier.
It's a catch 22 with the winds.
We need them in our favor to clear this area so we can get our crews and aircraft in there but also -- -- Safire in the direction we may not want it to go.
And to keep that from happening 82 bulldozers have been working nonstop building containment lines.
And crews now report 30% containment.
But this fire has burned its way into the record books in a week and a half it has scorched more than 192000.
Square miles Martha that is roughly the size of New York City way.
So incredible we see the trucks just have barreling through behind you.
Now we know that the fires also prompting some heated words from lawmakers right.
That's right mart does some Republican lawmakers really taking aim at forest management policy.
They say the lack of timber harvests and controlled burns over the past several decades.
Have left the nation's forests are more vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires.
Thirty years of federal regulations to reduce timber harvesting in this region by 80%.
And now all of that excess timber is being burned out incinerating 300 square miles some of the most precious -- -- in the nation.
-- -- talk and other lawmakers are hoping that this disaster brings awareness to and speeds passage of pending legislation that addresses wildfire prevention -- -- very interesting point -- thank you so much.
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