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Containment of Yosemite fire now 23% as blaze climbs record books
Containment of Yosemite fire now 23% as blaze climbs record books

Firefighters capitalized on a blanket of moist air that settled over the mountains near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday night to increase containment of the Rim fire to 23%. The blaze – now entering its 12th day – has burned 187,466 acres and is on pace to soon become the sixth-largest fire in state history. Containment was up from 20% Tuesday. Overnight, firefighters continued to build and strengthen containment lines and conduct backfiring operations to slow the blaze as it rages farther into Yosemite National Park. Authorities also ordered evacuations for residents in the fire’s path south of California 120 and north of Old Yosemite Road. The U.S....

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