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Wildfire near Yosemite now California's fourth-largest

Wildfire near Yosemite now California's fourth-largest

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Sep 1, 2013

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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Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.