Firefighter killed battling wildfire near Yosemite National Park

Firefighter Braden Varney was killed Saturday while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park, Cal Fire said.
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Firefighter Braden Varney was killed Saturday while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park, Cal Fire said.

Credit: Justin Sullivan

Credit: Justin Sullivan

A firefighter has been killed while fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park, Cal Fire reported on Saturday.

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He has been identified as Braden Varney, a heavy fire equipment operator.

Cal Fire said he leaves behind a wife and two children.

Varney was part of the group battling the Ferguson Fire, which broke out around 10:30 p.m. Friday night in Mariposa County, near the west end of the park.

About 130 acres have burned by Saturday afternoon, KCRA reports.

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