Yosemite Wildfire Near Containment

Yosemite Wildfire Near Containment

 2 August 2008

published by www.kcbs.com

USA — California firefighters are close to containing a 53-square-mile wildfire that’s destroyed more than 20 homes near Yosemite National Park.

The fire had forced the evacuation of 350 other houses and spread a smoky haze over the national park. It was sparked by a target shooter last week.

The blaze was about 90 percent contained Saturday evening and all evacuation orders had been lifted earlier during the day.

Firefighters were focused on building fire lines on the blaze’s north flank and said they didn’t expect it to grow much more.

California fire officials say wildfires have charred more acreage already this year than in any other year since the 1930s, when the state began compiling statistics.

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