California's biggest wildfire burning east of Fresno expands

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California's biggest wildfire expanded further overnight and has come closer to a small development in Kings Canyon National Park that houses rangers' headquarters, campgrounds, a lodge, a store and a restaurant.

Cal Fire says the wildfire has charred 148 square miles with flames feeding on chaparral and timber stricken by drought.

Over the weekend, the fire reached an area about 1 and a-half miles away from Cedar Grove, a small development near the eastern end of the canyon.

The fire in Fresno County is currently the largest of six blazes burning in California. Officials said yesterday it was about 31 percent contained.

The blaze began July 31 during a lightning strike. It has prompted officials to close roads and about 10 campgrounds around Hume Lake and Kings Canyon.

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