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Fire Raging Near Yosemite

An explosive wildfire is racing in multiple directions and is burning along the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park.

It has scorched more than 129,000 acres, forcing thousands of residents and tourists from the area.

The fire is just 7% contained and now threatens power and water supply to San Francisco.

The fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is devouring its way through the forest and is becoming one of the largest wildfires in California's history.

The fire has destroyed at least 4 homes and threatens more than 5,500 more.

One of the main routes leading into Yosemite remains closed. Just a few miles away, the fire is still raging and leaping across the roadway.

The wildfire is even threatening San Francisco utilities. The city owns power lines near the fire. Flames are also within miles of the reservoir that supplies 85% of San Francisco's water and some of its power.

The city says the water quality remains safe, although it fears contamination from ash.

Nearly 3,000 firefighters are scrambling to contain the flames.
 
The blaze is also burning in the vicinity of two groves of giant sequoias that are unique the region. The towering trees are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.

 

 

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