FRESNO, California (AP) — A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park — one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. — more than tripled in size overnight and threatened about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings Thursday.
The park is one of the most popular in the country.
Fire officials said the blaze had grown to more than 84 square miles (217. sq. kilometers) and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.
The fire was among the nation's top firefighting priorities, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
The U.S. Forest Service, the nation's top wildfire-fighting agency, said Wednesday that it is running out of money to fight wildfires and is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.
There have been more than 32,000 fires this year.
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