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Crews try to push Yosemite wildfire away from small town

Associated Press

This photo provided by inciweb.nwcg.gov shows a fire burning near the town of Wawona, Calif., within Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Flames from the South Fork fire have come within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of Wawona, a tiny community near the park's south entrance that swells this time of year with up to 2,000 visitors attending a church camp and renting cabins around a market and small library.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Crews fighting a fire in Yosemite National Park are attempting to guide the flames deeper into the wilderness and away from a small community.

The fire is burning about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) east of Wawona, a tiny community near the park’s south entrance that swells this time of year with up to 2,000 visitors attending a church camp and renting cabins.

It has burned 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers) of wilderness and pine forests 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of Fresno. The fire is 5 percent contained. The fire has closed campgrounds and trails in the park, but authorities have not ordered anyone to leave Wawona.

Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman says a lightning strike in recent weeks may be to blame for the blaze that erupted into a wildfire on Aug. 13. No structures have been damaged.

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