Posted: Aug 27, 2013 1:30 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters gained some ground Tuesday against the huge wildfire burning forest lands in the western Sierra Nevada, including parts of Yosemite National Park.
The 11-day-old blaze expanded to about 280 square miles, partly due to back burning by crews, but containment jumped to 20 percent.
The portion of the fire in Yosemite doubled to about 64 square miles but remained in backcountry, and the main attractions in the nearly 1,200-square-mile park remained open.
California fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the next couple of days will be key. The National Weather Service says an expected increase in humidity Tuesday afternoon could help suppress flames.
The fire is now the seventh-largest California wildfire in records dating to 1932. It is was threatening about 4,500 structures and has destroyed at least 23.
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