Yosemite wildfire weakened, evacuations to end

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Residents in California's Foresta community near Yosemite National Park will be allowed to return home Friday afternoon, now that firefighters are making progress battling a more than 6-square-mile wildfire.

About 50 homes have been evacuated for several days.

The blaze is now 58 percent contained, up from 34 percent contained early Thursday.

There are still worries that the wildfire could move west toward the Merced Grove of giant Sequoias about 2 miles away. The trees grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and can live longer than 3,000 years.

Other fire crews are battling a blaze in Sierra National Forest about 60 miles northeast of Fresno. It's creeping closer to the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, a popular recreation spot that supplies drinking water.

The blaze is only 15 percent contained.

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