Nine Stunning Photos of the Massive California Wildfire Burning in Yosemite National Park

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Cooler weather has slowed the spread of a wildfire that forced the helicopter evacuation of dozens of people from the famous Half Dome rock in Yosemite National Park.

Park ranger Kari Cobb says cooler, more humid weather Monday helped firefighters battling the blaze in the park’s backcountry. There was even a sprinkling of rain in the morning.

The fire isn’t threatening any buildings and the park remains open, but some campsites are closed.

On Sunday, 100 people were evacuated from Little Yosemite Valley and 80 to 85 were removed by helicopter from the top of 5,000-foot Half Dome.

About 120 firefighters and 11 aircraft are fighting the blaze, which may have erupted from embers of a fire sparked by lightning several weeks ago.

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