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Crews make gains against fire

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago September 02, 2013 Sep 2, 2013 Monday, September 02 2013 September 02, 2013 11:00 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Crews working to corral the massive wildfire searing the edge of Yosemite National Park made major gains on the blaze overnight.

The fire was 60 percent contained as of Monday morning, up from 45 percent Sunday night. The blaze also grew about 9 square miles and now covers more than 357 square miles.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for some south of Highway 120 and Tioga Road west of Yosemite Creek Picnic Area is closed.

Crews will continue building fire lines and burning away the fire's potential fuel sources on Monday.

The blaze started Aug. 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest and two-thirds of the land burned since then is located there as well. The cause is being investigated. More than 5,500 structures are threatened.

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