Scores of additional homes evacuated in Calif. fire

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Yosemite Valley (National Park Service Photo)

Yosemite Valley (National Park Service Photo)

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Scores of additional homes have been evacuated, as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park in the Sierra foothills.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant on Tuesday morning estimated the number of additional homes evacuated the previous evening at a couple of hundred although he said he did not have an exact number. That’s in addition to 150 homes evacuated since the fire began on Sunday.

Berlant said hundreds of additional firefighters were called in overnight to help with the blaze, which has burned 2 and ½ square miles and remains 15 percent contained.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

Highway 140 into Yosemite National Park remains open.

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