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Weather helps firefighters make gains near Yosemite

1:39 PM, Sep 2, 2013   |    comments
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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- With the help of cooler temperatures and higher humidity, crews working to corral the massive wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park in California are hoping to make additional gains.

The fire is now 60 percent contained, up from 45 percent last night. After growing by another nine square miles, the blaze covers more than 357 square miles.

Full containment isn't expected for two and a-half more weeks. A state fire spokesman says there's a "nice window" of "more cooperative weather."

But he says gusty winds and dryer conditions are expected in the middle of the week, again raising the fire danger.

The fourth largest fire in California history has claimed 111 structures, including 11 homes.

Associated Press

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