Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 800 homes

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — About 800 homes are threatened by a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park.

cal-fireThe Carstens fire in Mariposa County has charred 1,600 acres near the primary roadway leading to Yosemite and drawn more than 2,200 firefighters to battle the flames.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon east of California 140 in the Midpines area, about 40 miles southwest of Yosemite. Encouraged by warm weather, low humidity and moderate winds, the blaze quickly spread, burning through years-old dry timber and brush toward the Sierra National Forest, Berlant said.

No structures had been reported damaged, but evacuations have been ordered for areas including Hites Cove, Jerseydale and Clarks Valley. The blaze is 15% contained and its cause is under investigation, officials said.

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