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Fire Slows Near Yosemite Sequoias

The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, reports The Associated Press. Revised estimates put the fire about 2 miles away from the Merced Grove, not 10 as initially thought, park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said. Still, she said the fire had died down in the area, and the grove was not under any imminent threat. Crews have widened fire lines that were created around the grove during last year's massive Rim Fire as a precaution. Officials are also considering thinning out the grove to reduce potential fuel sources. The fire had burned 6 and 1/4 square miles and destroyed a home and a duplex....

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