PHOTOS: Scenes From the Ferguson Fire Near Yosemite National Park

Smoke from a wildfire burning near the west end of Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest blanketed some of California's most stunning scenery in smoke as firefighters protected buildings in hot and challenging summer weather conditions.

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Yosemite National Park, closed for about two weeks due to a wildfire, reopened Aug. 14, 2018.
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Tourists ride through a smoky and hazy vista from Tunnel View as Yosemite National Park reopens in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Tourists like Marijn and Monique Post and Tim and Nadine Robbins look at Pohono Bridge, though smoky and hazy, in Yosemite National Park during its reopening day in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Sam Bee takes some photos through the smoke from a wildfire in remote areas as he and others were at the famous Tunnel View vista in Yosemite National Park during its reopening day in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Hein and Teijs Reijnders try to see through the smoke at the famous Tunnel View vista in Yosemite National Park during its reopening day in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Park Ranger Alex Martinez passes maps out and directs visitors at the Highway 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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A fire helicopter takes off through smoke rising to make a drop on active fires in Yosemite National Park after the park reopened after a three week closure from smoke and fires that led to most tourists canceling their trips Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Yosemite, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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From left to right, Arvin, Lisa and Nathasja Lammers watch the activity in the sky, as helicopters fly in and out to put out fires in Yosemite National Park which reopened after a three week closure from smoke and fires that led to most tourists canceling their trips Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Yosemite, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Park Ranger Anne Simmons passes maps out and directs visitors at the Highway 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Park Ranger Alex Martinez passes maps out and directs visitors at the Hwy 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens after a three week closure from smoke and fires that led to most tourists canceling their trips Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Yosemite, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Park Ranger Anne Simmons passes maps out and directs visitors at the Hwy 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens after a three week closure from smoke and fires that led to most tourists canceling their trips Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Yosemite, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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A protective wrap is placed around the Merced Grove Ranger Cabin in Yosemite National Park. The wrap is not fire-proof, but it will help protect the 1930s-built cabin from heat and embers.
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A crew member removes dead plants and debris from around giant sequoia trees to protect them if fire enters the area of Yosemite National Park.
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A sign on Highway 41 announces the closure of Yosemite National Park near Oakhurst, Calif., on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Parts of the park closed Wednesday as firefighters work to contain the Ferguson fire burning nearby. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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A sign warns departing campers of closures on Wednesday July 25, 2018, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Parts of the park closed Wednesday as firefighters work to contain the Ferguson fire. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Guests leave the The Majestic Yosemite Hotel‎, formerly The Ahwahnee Hotel, shortly after it closed on Wednesday July 25, 2018, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The hotel, nearby campgrounds and other sections of Yosemite close today as firefighters work to contain the Ferguson fire. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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River Martinez, 10, breaks camp at the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Martinez's family, visiting from Los Angeles, had to cut their stay short as portions of Yosemite close today to allow crews to battle the Ferguson fire burning nearby. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Miguel Martinez breaks camp at the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Martinez and his family had to cut their stay short as portions of Yosemite close today to allow crews to battle the Ferguson fire burning nearby. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Hannah Whyatt poses for a friend's photo as smoke from the Ferguson fire fills Yosemite Valley, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Campsites and lodges emptied out after disappointed tourists were ordered to leave the heart of Yosemite National Park by noon Wednesday, as firefighters battled to contain a huge wildfire just to the west that has threatened the park's forest and sent up smoke that obscured grand vistas of waterfalls and sheer granite faces. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Francisco Avendano, visiting from Madrid, Spain, photographs Half Dome as smoke from the Ferguson Fire hangs over Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Parts of the park, including Yosemite Valley, will close Wednesday as firefighters work to contain the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Vehicles leave Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, as the Ferguson Fire burns nearby. Parts of the park, including Yosemite Valley, will close Wednesday as firefighters work to stop the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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As smoke from the Ferguson Fire fills the sky, vehicles leave Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Parts of the park, including Yosemite Valley, will close Wednesday as firefighters work to stop the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Mara Schumann photographs a plume of smoke from the Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Parts of the park, including Yosemite Valley, will close Wednesday as firefighters work to stop the blaze.
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Dead trees line a clearing as a helicopter battling the Ferguson fire passes behind in the Stanislaus National Forest, California, on July 22, 2018. - An abundance of trees killed by drought and bark beetles has allowed forest fires to spread rapidly. A fire that claimed the life of one firefighter and injured two others near California's Yosemite national park has almost doubled in size in three days, authorities said Friday.
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A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County Calif., near Yosemite National Park on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
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Smoke blocks out the sun as the Ferguson Fire burns in July 2018 near Yosemite National Park.
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The sun casts an orange glow on smoke from the Ferguson Fire burning near Yosemite National Park in July 2018.
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A smoke plume rises from the Ferguson Fire in California during July 2018.
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The Ferguson Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, generating smoke throughout the park.
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The Ferguson Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, shrouding the park's famous features in smoke.
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The Ferguson Fire burns near Yosemite National Park on Sunday, July 15, 2018, as seen from El Portal, California.
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A fire transport drives along Highway 140, one of the entrances to Yosemite National Park, on Monday, July 16, 2018, in Mariposa, California. The road remains closed as crews battle a deadly wildfire burning near the west end of Yosemite National Park.
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The Ferguson Fire burns along a ridgeline in unincorporated Mariposa County, California, on Monday, July 16, 2018.
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A fire truck, part of a procession carrying the body of firefighter Braden Varney, makes its way along Highway 140 on Monday, July 16, 2018, in Mariposa, California. Varney died when his bulldozer overturned as he battled the Ferguson fire.
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Residents gather to watch a procession carrying the body of firefighter Braden Varney in Mariposa, California, on Monday, July 16, 2018. Varney died Saturday while battling the Ferguson fire when his bulldozer overturned.
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Charles Phillips waits for a procession carrying the body of firefighter Braden Varney on Monday, July 16, 2018, in Mariposa, California. Varney died Saturday while battling the Ferguson fire when his bulldozer overturned.
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Residents gather to watch a procession carrying the body of firefighter Braden Varney in Mariposa, California, on Monday, July 16, 2018. Varney died Saturday while battling the Ferguson fire when his bulldozer overturned.
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