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Grand Rapids native works in Yosemite fire zone

7:19 PM, Sep. 6, 2013
The fire burned along both sides of Highway 120 for more than 15 miles. This highway is one of the main entrances into Yosemite National Park and has been closed since the fire first jumped the Highway on Aug. 19.
The fire burned along both sides of Highway 120 for more than 15 miles. This highway is one of the main entrances into Yosemite National Park and has been closed since the fire first jumped the Highway on Aug. 19.
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Wildfires are common during the summer in the western United States, but a fire that has burned about 235,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park has been an amazing experience for a former Grand Rapids man.

Jim Roehl, who is a 1989 Lincoln High School graduate, moved to Sonora, Calif., about 10 years ago. Since Aug. 17, Roehl, his wife, Amy, and two sons, ages 11 and 12, have been living near what Roehl said is the third largest wildfire in California history and currently the largest fire in the United States.

Roehl is an air pollution specialist for the Tuolumne County Air Pollution ...

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