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Wildfire forces closing of Wawona section of Yosemite NP; it, and valley, now shut down indefinitely

Firefighters battling the 24-day-old Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park regained containment of the blaze to 38 percent Monday, after the blaze gained ground on fire teams Sunday. The fire, which began July 13, has burned 91,502 acres and was only 35 percent contained over the weekend.

Yosemite Valley remained closed indefinitely as park officials reported the blaze has impacted all roads into the valley. Firefighters are struggling against steep terrain, dense forests of trees killed by the bark beetle, and other hazards.


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