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FEMA approves aid for wildfires in Yosemite and Central California
FEMA approves aid for wildfires in Yosemite and Central California

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to help cover California's costs fighting a fire burning toward Yosemite National Park and another burning in the Central Valley. The FEMA grants can help with up to 75% of the state’s costs for fighting the fast-spreading Junction fire in Oakhurst south of Yosemite and the Way fire in Kern County. The two blazes are spreading quickly across parched mountain ridges and hillsides, triggering more than 13,000 evacuation orders, county and state officials said. The Junction fire has burned about 1,200 acres and is 0% contained, prompting local school officials to close five campuses Tuesday. Spot fires up to a half mile...

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