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VIDEO: California Wildfires Persist in Sierra Nevada Foothills, Yosemite National Park

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
August 1, 2014; 4:58 AM ET

A wildfire that has already destroyed at more than 60 structures continues to threaten more in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento, California, fire officials said.

The fire began July 25 after a vehicle went into dry vegetation east of Highway 49, 5 miles north of Plymouth in Amador County, CalFire officials said on their website.

As of Friday morning, it has grown to about 4,240 acres since its start and is 95 percent contained. A crew of 857 fire personnel were battling the blaze, CalFire said, down from the 1,900 who were working at the start of the fire.

The fire, known as the Sand Fire, is burning near vineyards in the region, according to The Associated Press.

A wildfire continued Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Yosemite National Park in California. (Photo/Yosemite National Park)

More than 500 homeowners were under evacuation orders as a result of the fire, the AP reported, though the evacuation orders have now been lifted.

There will be no change in the weather pattern through early this week, which means it will stay hot and dry with highs in the upper 90s and low humidity, AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Doll said.

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"One bit of good news for fire crews is that winds will generally be light and under 15 mph," Meteorologist Mike Doll said.

A separate blaze, the El Portal fire, in the Yosemite National Park has consumed at least 3900 acres with 34 percent containment and forced the evacuations around Foresta, California, Inciweb reports.

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