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Aug 27, 2013 3:25 PM by Associated Press

Main Yosemite attractions still open despite wildfire

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) - The main attractions in the nearly 1,200-square-mile Yosemite National Park in California are still open as Labor Day weekend approaches.

An eleven-day-old fire burning in and near the park has expanded in size to about 280 square miles -- and the portion of the fire in Yosemite has doubled to about 64 square miles. But it's still only burning in backcountry areas.

The blaze is now the seventh-largest California wildfire in records dating back more than 80 years.

Forecasters say an increase in humidity this afternoon could help suppress the flames.

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