Fire Blackens 100 Acres in Yosemite Area

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A fire burned about 100 acres Tuesday in a rugged area about 20 miles from Yosemite National Park, authorities said.

As of 9 p.m., the blaze was only about 10% contained, but there was no threat to homes or other structures, said an information officer for the California Department of Forestry station in Mariposa County.

The fire started about 4:45 p.m. near Slate Creek, a steep ravine about three miles from Briceburg, a landmark that once held an old railroad stop, authorities said.

About 250 firefighters were fighting the blaze, and it was unclear when it might be under control.

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