YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — With the help of cooler temperatures and higher humidity, crews working to corral the massive wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park in California are hoping to make additional gains.
The fire is now 60 percent contained, up from 45 percent last night. After growing by another nine square miles, the blaze covers more than 357 square miles.
Full containment isn't expected for two and a-half more weeks.
A state fire spokesman says there's a "nice window" of "more cooperative weather." But he says gusty winds and dryer conditions are expected in the middle of the week, again raising the fire danger.
The fourth largest fire in California history has claimed 111 structures, including 11 homes.
147-a-08-(Daniel Berlant (bur-LANT'), public information officer, Cal Fire, in AP interview)-"this fire out"-Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the weather is starting to cooperate with crews battling the Rim Fire. (2 Sep 2013)
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146-a-13-(Daniel Berlant (bur-LANT'), public information officer, Cal Fire, in AP interview)-"357 square miles"-Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says crews continue to make good progress against the wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park. (2 Sep 2013)
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APPHOTO AZTS202: In this Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, a member of the Bureau of Land Management Silver State Hotshot crew from Elko, Nevada, stands by a burn operation on the southern flank of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California. The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in California history. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Mike McMillan) (1 Sep 2013)
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