Rim Fire: Containment of Yosemite fire at 75 percent (Map, Fire Tracker)

Western Wildfire Yosemite

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Firefighter Brandon Wenger stands along Highway 120 while monitoring a backburn during the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

A massive wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park in California is now 75 percent contained.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says crews made good progress against the Rim Fire overnight, increasing containment from 70 to 75 percent. The fire — one of the largest in California history — also did not grow significantly, with higher humidity moderating fire behavior.

The blaze has now burned about 369 square miles (235,841 acres). The fire is less than 5,000 acres from becoming the third largest wildfire in California history, according to a list maintained by Cal Fire.

The fire began on Aug. 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest, and two-thirds of the land burned since then is located there as well. The cause is being investigated.

It has claimed 111 structures, 11 of them homes.

With contributions by KPCC staff

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