(YOSEMITE VILLAGE, Ca.) — Authorities were searching for an airtanker last seen flying over a fire near Yosemite National Park after contact was lost with the plane on Tuesday.
“Emergency personnel are currently responding to the last known location of the aircraft,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement. “The airtanker was assigned to the Dog Rock Fire burning near Yosemite’s Arch Rock.”
The status of the aircraft and the pilot have not been determined, the agency said.
The Cal Fire airtanker was a Grumman S2T, which can hold 1,100 gallons of fire retardant, a spokesman said.
Authorities believe the pilot was the only one on the plane when it went missing.
A vegetation fire near Foresta in Yosemite National Park prompted the evacuation of 60 homes, ABC affiliate KFSN reported. The fire, which closed Highway 140 into Yosemite, has burned some 130 acres between Yosemite View Lodge and the Yosemite Arch Rock Entrance, below the town of Foresta.
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