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    In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier. U.S. Forest Service/The Associated Press

  • Huge California wildfire spreads into Yosemite

    In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Groveland Ranger Station in Groveland, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier. U.S. Forest Service/The Associated Press

  • Huge California wildfire spreads into Yosemite

    In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Groveland Ranger Station in Groveland, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier. U.S. Forest Service/The Associated Press

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 4:50 pm | Updated: 5:23 pm, Fri Aug 23, 2013.

FRESNO, Calif. — A giant wildfire raging out of control spread into Yosemite National Park on Friday as authorities urged more evacuations in nearby communities where thousands have fled during the week as flames marched through the timbered slopes of the western Sierra Nevada.

The fire closed backcountry hiking in the park, but was not threatening the popular Yosemite Valley region.

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