A report on the Yosemite wildfire from Fr. Andrew Jacobs of St. Susanna Mission in Sonora, California:
We have for more than a week been breathing the smoke from this fire (please see the news report below). While it is 20 percent contained at this point, it is still growing exponentially. While most of the news about this fire has been focused on Yosemite, small communities throughout Tuolumne County have been and are being threatened. Now, alerts are increasing for the Hwy 108 corridor, an area that is occupied by many of our parishioners. Sonora is not in imminent danger, but adjunct communities—Tuolumne City, Twain Harte, Soulsbyville, and Hwy 49 communities such as Groveland and Mariposa—have been on evacuation notice for days, and a pitched battle is being fought to protect them (one can see the flames from some of these areas, and certainly all are inundated with heavy smoke). We request the prayers of all our brothers and sisters in Christ for those threatened by this truly huge and difficult fire. Again, this fire is unpredictable due to rough terrain and wind variance, and has grown by ten to twenty thousand acres per day for the past several days.