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Yosemite Wildfire Burns Area the Size of Chicago, Threatens Homes

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (CNN) — A northern California wildfire that’s threatening Yosemite National Park grew to historic proportions early Monday, becoming the 13th largest in state history, state fire authorities said.

Yosemite Fire

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The sprawling Rim Fire, which has devoured more than 149,000 acres, has scorched an area about the size of the city of Chicago while more than 3,400 firefighters try to rein it in.

Susan Loesch and Curtis Evans just started settling into their second home in California’s Sierra foothills a few months ago. Now, they’re worried it could go up in smoke as the massive wildfire spreads.

“This is kind of a little paradise up here for us. … To think this would all be gone would be devastating,” Evans told CNN on Sunday.

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