"Crews Report Progress Against Yosemite Fire"

"TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. -- Crews were finally gaining ground by late Monday on a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park as officials also expressed optimism that no water or power disruptions would come from the blaze burning along the shores of the main reservoir that supplies San Francisco."

"While the fire continued to grow in size, containment numbers were up, as was the positivity that firefighters were making progress, said Glen Stratton, an operations section chief on the blaze.

'It looks great out there. No concerns,' Stratton said of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Nearly 3,700 firefighters battled the roughly 252-square-mile blaze, the biggest wildfire on record in California's Sierra Nevada. The fire was 20 percent contained."

Brian Skoloff and Tracie Cone report for the Associated Press August 27, 2013.


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Source: AP, 08/27/2013