Western wildfires: Yosemite threatened by 165-square-mile, fast-spreading blaze
By Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press
08/23/2013 12:54:35 PM EDT
08/23/2013 09:05:04 PM EDT
A giant wildfire raging out of control spread into Yosemite National Park on Friday as authorities urged more evacuations in nearby communities where thousands have already been forced out by flames marching through the timbered slopes of the western Sierra Nevada.
In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service) (Uncredited)
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