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Rapid Wildfire Threatens Yosemite National Park

A long exposure image shows the El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on July 27, 2014.
A long exposure image shows the El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on July 27, 2014. Stuart Palley—EPA

El Portal blaze was at just 5% containment late Monday

A fast-moving wildfire in Yosemite National Park was threatening to spiral out of control early Tuesday.

While firefighters made progress battling a larger wildfire in northern California’s vineyard country, the El Portal wildfire burning across four square miles of Yosemite and the neighboring Stanislaus National Forest was at just 5% containment late Monday.

Three campsites and several roads were closed and around 100 homes were at risk, despite what the National Park Service said was “incredible firefighting work.”

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