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Yosemite fire now 4th largest

Posted: September 1, 2013 10:17 a.m.
Updated: September 1, 2013 10:17 a.m.
 

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in California history.

CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Sunday that the 2-week-old Rim Fire claimed the spot as it grew to 348 square miles Saturday.

A 1932 blaze that scorched 344 square miles in Ventura County previously stood as the state's fourth-largest wildfire.

A 427-square-mile fire in San Diego County that killed 14 people a decade ago tops the list.

Although the current wildfire still is growing, fire officials say it was 40 percent contained as of Sunday, up from 35 percent a day earlier.

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