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Wildfire west of Yosemite 70 percent contained

BRICEBURG, Calif. (AP) – A wildfire that has burned 728 acres of forest along the Merced River west of Yosemite National Park is 70 percent contained, and officials said Sunday they’re aiming for full containment by Wednesday.

Nearly 1,200 firefighters continued to fight the blaze along state Route 140 just east of Briceburg in Mariposa County, roughly 20 miles west of Yosemite.

Firefighters used sky crane helicopters Sunday to drop 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of water and retardant on hot spots with winds less than 10 mph, said Linda Clement, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry.

Six minor injuries to firefighters have been reported. No buildings were threatened by the blaze, Clement said.

The fire started Tuesday evening in an unpopulated area near Slate Creek, Clement said the cause is still under investigation.

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