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(YOSEMITE VILLAGE, Calif.) — A new wildfire ignited Friday in California, on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forcing about 700 homes to be evacuated.

The fire started around midday along Highway 49 and quickly spread through the mountainside.

Officials say the blaze is burning out of control, consuming at least 300 acres in Mariposa County. More than 600 firefighters are working to contain the fire.

Karen Guillemin-Kanawyer, a fire prevention specialist, indicated that crews are having a difficult time containing the wildfire.

“Drought conditions in California are at their peak,” Guillemin-Kanawyer said. “The fuels are the driest they’ve ever been. The amount of fuel per acre is overwhelming.”

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