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Posted: 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013
KTVU and AP Wires
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. —
A wildfire on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park has grown to more than 15 square miles, was threatening 2,500 structures and had destroyed two residences, officials said.
The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday that approximately 2,500 structures were threatened north of Highway 120.
The blaze, which started Saturday, had already destroyed two residences and five outbuildings and forced the evacuation of the community of Buck Meadows.
State Route 120 was shut down in both directions, blocking traffic in and out of the park.
The park remains open and visitors can use State Route 140 and State Route 4.
Fire crews have not achieved any containment of the blaze, which is burning in remote, steep terrain.
The cause is under investigation.
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