Crews seeking better access to fire near Yosemite 

click to enlarge Volunteer firefighter and state Assemblyman Frank Bigelow of Madera County surveys the damage from the Oakhurst fire, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Oakhurst, Calif., as two raging wildfires in the state forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said flames damaged or destroyed 21 structures. The Fresno Bee reports one neighborhood was hit especially hard, with several homes turned to ash and smoldering embers. - AP PHOTO/THE FRESNO BEE, MARK CROSSE
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  • Volunteer firefighter and state Assemblyman Frank Bigelow of Madera County surveys the damage from the Oakhurst fire, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Oakhurst, Calif., as two raging wildfires in the state forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said flames damaged or destroyed 21 structures. The Fresno Bee reports one neighborhood was hit especially hard, with several homes turned to ash and smoldering embers.
Crews are trying to get better access in steep terrain to a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that has forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart says firefighters on Monday also are working to build and reinforce containments lines on the blaze near a foothill community south of an entrance to Yosemite.

State fire officials say about 900 residents out of some 400 homes have been evacuated since the central California fire began Sunday afternoon.

The blaze has destroyed one structure and damaged 22 others. It's unclear how many are homes.

In Southern California, evacuation orders for 200 homes in Orange County's Silverado Canyon were lifted as firefighters contained 80 percent of a wildfire late Sunday.

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