Oak fire tops 18,000 acres, destroys 41 structures as crews

LOS ANGELES — As the sun rose over the Sierra Nevada foothills, it appeared burnt orange through hazy skies in Mariposa County.

Since Friday, the Oak fire has consumed more than 18,000 acres of the sparsely populated mountain community. And by Tuesday morning, the blaze, located near Yosemite National Park, had destroyed 41 structures and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

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