H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Aug 30, 2013 5:34 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Firefighters making progress in Yosemite-area fire


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters estimate the huge forest fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is now 32 percent contained.

Nearly 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, but a fire spokesman says some are expected to be released soon.

The 2-week-old blaze burning in the Sierra Nevada northeast of Fresno has scorched 315 square miles of brush, oaks and pine. It's the largest U.S. wildfire to date this year and the fifth largest wildfire in modern California records.

Evacuation advisories were lifted Thursday in Tuolumne City, Soulsbyville and Willow Springs but remained in place for other communities, and evacuations were still mandatory along the fire's southeastern edge.

About 75 square miles of the fire are inside Yosemite but at some distance from the national park's major attractions.

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