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(FRESNO, Calif.) — It’s a smoky Labor Day weekend for Fresno County.

Burning for over a month, the Rough Fire continues to spread in California’s Fresno County, closing many campgrounds in the area of King Canyon National Park. Falling rocks and debris are closing roads and forcing some hikers to leave their vehicles behind.

“What we’ll do is schedule escorts to get people back in there when it’s safe,” said George Apple, the public information officer for the Rough Fire. “When we know that we don’t have any fire operations.”

Rick and Paula Wilkinson had to flee their cabin at Hume Lake. Paula described the smoky air quality as “nasty” and “really thick.”

The couple were living at the cabin full-time, but now Rick says they’re “sacking it with the in-laws.”

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