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State and federal fire crews were making "significant progress" Wednesday fighting the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park, where an airtanker pilot crashed to his death, but they said the fire had grown to 250 acres in less than a day and was at zero containment.
U.S. Forest Service planes were being used to battle the blaze, but they were on their own because the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection grounded all of its airtankers like the one that crashed Tuesday, killing Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt, 62, of San Jose. While the park remained open, Highway 140 into it was closed, and the community of Foresta remained under an evacuation order.
— M. Alex Johnson