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California wildfires rage near Yosemite National Park
Monday, August 26th, 2013

Wildfires continue to rage in California north of Yosemite National Park as 50mph winds have caused flames to reach the tops of trees that stand at 100 feet.

"A crown fire is much more difficult to fight," said Daniel Berlant of the California department of forestry and fire protection on Sunday. "Our firefighters are on the ground having to spray up."

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A Cal Fire firefighter monitors the Rim Fire as it burns through a grove of trees on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 7 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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A Cal Fire firefighter looks on as the Rim Fire burns through a grove of trees on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 7 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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A cow walks through a section of forest that was burned by the Rim Fire outside of Camp Mather on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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Cows walk through a section of forest that was burned by the Rim Fire outside of Camp Mather on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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A back fire burns in a grove of trees during the Rim Fire on August 22, 2013 in Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 2,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that was reduced to only 2 percent containment after it nearly tripled in size overnight.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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Sunlight filters through smoke in a grove of trees burned by the Rim Fire on August 22, 2013 in Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 2,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that was reduced to only 2 percent containment after it nearly tripled in size overnight.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - AUGUST 24: Firefighters move away from a burning manzanita bush as they battle the Rim Fire on August 24, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California.

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - AUGUST 24: Firefighters douse a spot fire as they battle the Rim Fire on August 24, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained.

(JUSTIN SULLIVAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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GROVELAND, CA - AUGUST 23: Tuolumne County firefighters mop up hot spots from a back fire while battling the Rim Fire at Camp Mather on August 23, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that entered a section of Yosemite National Park overnight.

(JUSTIN SULLIVAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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GROVELAND, CA - AUGUST 23: A plume of smoke rises from a ridge as the Rim Fire approaches Yosemite Lakes on August 23, 2013 near Groveland, California.

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GROVELAND, CA - AUGUST 23: Firefighters monitor the Rim Fire on August 23, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that entered a section of Yosemite National Park overnight.

(JUSTIN SULLIVAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Flames from the Rim Fire consume trees on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 7 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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A structure at a campground burns after being consumed by the Rim Fire on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 7 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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Firefighters use a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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A Murphy's Fire District firefighter stops his vehicle as a massive wall of fire from the Rim Fire consumes trees along highway 120 on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained.

(Justin Sullivan - Getty Images)
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