Officials: Fire crews to try again to get body of fallen firefighter

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FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, a fire truck drives past burning trees as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says a firefighter has been killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park. Officials say Heavy Fire […]

A California official says the body of a firefighter killed during a wildfire near Yosemite National Park won’t be retrieved until at least Monday.

Heavy fire equipment operator Braden Varney was driving a bulldozer when he died Saturday.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Deputy Chief Scott McLean says Varney’s body is in a precarious location in steep terrain and conditions are too dangerous to allow crews to get close Sunday. He says they’ll try again Monday.

Investigators are working to determine further circumstances surrounding Varney’s death.

The blaze is largely out of control after scorching more than 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of dry brush in on the park’s western edge. Some rural communities and several lodges and hotels have been evacuated.

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