Out-Of-Control Wildfire Spreads Into Yosemite

FRESNO, Calif. (August 23, 2013)--A wildfire that’s raging out of control in Northern California grew overnight to more than three times the size of the city of San Francisco as it spread inside the border of Yosemite National Park.

The flames have forced the evacuations of hundreds from homes.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said Friday the fire has grown from 99 square miles to more than 165 square miles and was only 2 percent contained.

Berlant said the fire threatens about 4,500 residences.

While Yosemite remains open, the wildfire caused the closure of a 4-mile stretch of State Route 120, one of three entrances into Yosemite on the west side, devastating areas that rely on tourism.


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