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Sequoia fire now 1700 acres, 25 percent contained

Posted: June 4, 2012 10:30 a.m.
Updated: June 4, 2012 10:30 a.m.

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) - A raging wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest that has been fueled by strong winds has grown to 1,700 acres.

Officials said on Monday that the fire was 25 percent contained, but they expected more strong winds during the day that would make it difficult to control. The fire was at about 1,000 acres the previous afternoon. One structure is threatened.

More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze with help from air tankers. Rangers, meanwhile, are trying to warn hikers in the area.

Officials say the fire started Friday near Freeman Creek Giant Sequoia Grove, where it burned very gently and didn't scorch any trees. The cause remains under investigation.

The fire is burning away from a tree named for President George H.W. Bush, who signed a proclamation protecting all groves of giant Sequoias in the Sierra.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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