Fire near Yosemite Nat’l Park expands but park still open

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(AP Photo)

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire burning in remote, steep terrain near Yosemite National Park has grown and is still threatening more than 2,000 houses, hotels and camp buildings.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze had grown on Wednesday to more than 25 square miles and was only 5 percent contained.

The fire has destroyed two residences and five outbuildings, and about 2,500 structures were under threat in the nearby community of Groveland, the U.S. Forest Service said.

State Route 120 was shut down in both directions for a 4-mile stretch, blocking traffic in and out of Yosemite on its west side, but the park remained open to visitors via state Routes 140 and 4.

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