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U.S. crews struggle with huge wildfire near popular national park

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Monday, August 26, 2013, 11:29 AM -

Almost 3,000 firefighters have their hands full battling an out-of-control wildfire in east-central California.

Since it started nine days ago, the blaze near Yosemite National Park has charred almost 600 square kilometres. And authorities say much work remains before they get full control of the flames. 

The wildfire is classified as only seven percent contained.

Officials warned the blaze was so hot that it could send sparks into new, untouched areas. 

Strong winds and bone dry conditions have helped the fire to grow into one of the biggest in California history. The wildfire is also threatening the quality of water in a reservoir that serves San Francisco.

With files from The Canadian Press

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