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Hunters fire near Yosemite National Park is fully contained

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Hunters fire near Yosemite National Park is 100% contained, @Calfire says

A wildfire burning for more than a week near Yosemite National Park is now fully contained, officials reported Monday night.

The Hunters fire burned 677 acres and began May 26 in Mariposa County. The fire burned two unoccupied homes and one smaller building and injured nine firefighters. At one point, the blaze forced the evacuation of more than 100 homes.

Authorities believe the fire began when the wind pushed sparks from a structure fire into nearby vegetation.

The blaze was the worst among more than 100 wildfires that started across the state last week, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Through the end of May, Cal Fire crews have responded to more than 1,900 wildfires this year, compared with 1,650 at this point in 2013 and well above the state’s five-year average of 1,100 for the five-month period.

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