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Jul 29, 2014 12:37 AM by Bianca Serge

Wildfire forces evacuations in California

A fire sparked in Northern California's Yosemite Valley has forced the evacuation of about 100 homes.

The evacuations were ordered in Foresta and the community of El Portal shortly after the fire began Saturday morning. By Sunday morning the fire had quadrupled in size.

According to park spokesman Scott Gediman, the fire had burned more than 4 square miles of foliage in Yosemite National Park, neighboring Stanislaus Forest, and private land by Monday morning. Officials say a relentless air assault helped limit the spread of the fire that grew by about 500 acres overnight and was about 5 percent contained.

The park, which is homes to sites such as Half Dome Mountain, remains open and none of its landmarks have been threatened.

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