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400-acre blaze forces evacuations in Yosemite National Park

A 400-acre fire in Yosemite National Park forced evacuations and trail closures Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Dozens of firefighters worked to contain the blaze, which began at about 12:30 p.m. near Half Dome, said Kari Cobb, a park spokeswoman.

Plumes of smoke could be seen throughout the region.

Officials blocked trails and worked to evacuate Little Yosemite Valley. Cobb estimated about 100 people were in the area.

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Meanwhile, the state’s largest active wildfire remains on the California-Oregon border and continues to grow after having scorched more than 76,000 acres.

The Happy Camp Complex wildfire, which is only about 20% contained, started Aug. 11 in the Klamath National Forest. A thunderstorm that day pummeled the region at the Happy Camp Ranger District with lightning strikes, igniting 17 fires. All but three blazes have been extinguished.

More than 2,800 firefighters are assigned to the Happy Camp Complex fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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