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Yosemite fire grows, but Half Dome could reopen to hikers by weekend
Yosemite fire grows, but Half Dome could reopen to hikers by weekend

A wildfire burning in Yosemite National Park that has kept several popular areas of the federal property closed for the week has grown to nearly 4,900 acres, but officials on Thursday said firefighters were starting to make some progress. The Meadow fire was 23% contained as it burned east of Half Dome near Little Yosemite Valley -- two areas popular with hikers and mountain climbers because of their proximity to the park’s high peaks and famous waterfalls. More than 500 firefighters have been assigned to the blaze, along with several aircraft that have been dumping water on the flames since Sunday, park officials said. The fire, ignited by a lightning strike in July, burned...

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