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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:36 pm | Updated: 11:36 pm, Thu Aug 22, 2013.

FRESNO, Calif. — A 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.

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