"Wildfire Near Yosemite Spreads To 99 Square Miles"

"Yosemite area wildfire destroys two homes and sends tourists, residents packing. Although officials haven't closed Yosemite, wildfire has forced the closing of one of three entrances to the national park."

"FRESNO, Calif. -- A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park nearly quadrupled in size Thursday, prompting officers to warn residents in a gated community to evacuate their homes and leading scores of tourists to leave the area during peak season.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to the huge fire, one of several blazes burning in or near the nation's national parks and one of 50 major uncontained fires burning across the western U.S.

As flames approached an area of Pine Mountain Lake with 268 homes in the afternoon, deputies went door-to-door to deliver the news and to urge people to leave, Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Scott Johnson said."

Gosia Wozniacka reports for the Associated Press August 23, 2013.

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"Firefighters Struggling in Rough Terrain To Tame Massive Blaze Near Yosemite" (Reuters)

Source: AP, 08/23/2013