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Yosemite-area wildfire balloons in size overnight
Written by GOSIA WOZNIACKI, Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:57

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park has more than tripled in size and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings.

Fire officials on Thursday said the fire had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained, down from 5 percent Wednesday.

The fire has destroyed two homes and seven outbuildings and led to the voluntary evacuation of the gated summer community of Pine Mountain Lake, which has a population of 2,800.

The fire also caused the closure of a 4-mile stretch of State Route 120, one main path into Yosemite on the west side. The park remains open and can be accessed via state Routes 140 and 4.

It was one of more than 50 major blazes burning across the western U.S.


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