Yosemite forest fire destroys 116 California homes, other structures

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At least 116 homes and other structures have been destroyed by a California forest fire near Yosemite National Park, officials said Thursday.

The Oak Fire in Mariposa County has charred more than 29 square miles of trees and brush, with 39% containment, Cal Fire said in an incident update.

Assessment teams are moving through remote communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills looking for more damage.

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As of Wednesday, about 2,200 residents remained under evacuation orders, fire spokesperson Chris Garcia said. Some 6,000 people fled their homes when the blaze erupted last Friday near the town of Midpines.

Firefighters mop up hot spots while battling the Oak Fire in the Jerseydale community of Mariposa County, California. They are part of Task Force Rattlesnake, a program comprised of Cal Fire and California National Guard firefighters.

Firefighters mop up hot spots while battling the Oak Fire in the Jerseydale community of Mariposa County, California. They are part of Task Force Rattlesnake, a program comprised of Cal Fire and California National Guard firefighters. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The fire’s cause is under investigation.

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Lower temperatures and increased humidity in recent days helped firefighters slow the fire’s growth.