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Aug 19, 2014 4:40 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Fire near Yosemite that 1,000 fled doesn't grow

OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a California wildfire that has forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park is holding steady amid higher humidity and calmer winds.

The blaze around the Madera County community of Oakhurst remained at a little under 2 square miles on Tuesday. It has destroyed eight structures and was threatening about 500 homes around Oakhurst, which is about 16 miles from a Yosemite entrance.

The wildfire began Monday and was fueled by gusty winds and dry brush.

It comes on the heels of another blaze around Yosemite this summer and last year's Rim Fire, which raged for two months across 400 square miles of land. The Rim Fire threatened thousands of structures, destroyed 11 homes and cost more than $125 million to fight.

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