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Wildfire Prompts Hundreds of Evacuations Near Yosemite

More than 700 structures were threatened by a wildfire burning 300 acres Saturday near Yosemite National Park, according to fire officials. The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office ordered about 360 people in Ponderosa Basin out of their homes, and a road leading to Yosemite National Park was closed. The park was not affected by the flames, which were about 15 miles way, according to The Associated Press. More than 700 personnel were working to fight the fire, which started Friday and was about 25 percent contained Saturday, CalFire officials said.

Meanwhile, in the north of the state, a fire that was sparked by lightning in mid-August grew to nearly 140 square miles and was only 25 percent contained. The Siskiyou County Sheriff Department extended a Red Flag warning through Saturday night, and warned residents in the Happy Camp area that they might need to evacuate if the fire grew too near to homes.

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