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Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

Firefighters stop run by Yosemite fire, keep it far from reaching grove of giant sequoias
The Associated Press

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - A wildfire in Yosemite National Park made a new run that firefighters quickly stopped, and containment lines have kept it from threatening some treasured trees that are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.

The blaze made a run of about a half-mile in the Crane Creek area Wednesday, park officials said in a statement, but it was brought under control.

Plane crashes in San Diego parking lot; 1 dead

Small plane crashes in San Diego store parking lot, killing 1 woman and injuring another
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping centre parking lot Wednesday, killing an 80-year-old woman who was the lone passenger and injuring the pilot, authorities said.

The single-engine 1988 Mooney M-20L went down around 5:30 p.m. in a parking lot that serves a Costco and a Target store in the Kearny Mesa neighbourhood.

Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

Progress reported on 2 California wildfires that prompted evacuations
Fenit Nirappil And Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

The fire in the foothills, which forced the evacuation of more than 400 homes, was 85 per cent contained after burning 6 1/2 square miles.

Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

Washington sheriff: 300 homes burned in massive wildfire, twice as many as previous estimate
The Associated Press

TWISP, Wash. - About 300 homes — twice as many as previously estimated — have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.

Officials had placed the number of homes destroyed at 150 in north-central Washington's Carlton fire complex. But Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said he knew that figure would rise because crews hadn't been able to reach some of the burned areas.

Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

Taiwan plane crash survivor crawls out, phones father from nearby house to pick her up
Johnson Lai And Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press

XIXI, Taiwan - The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.

Hung Yu-ting escaped through a hole in the fuselage that opened up after the plane plowed into homes Wednesday while attempting to land on the outlying resort island of Penghu, killing 48 people. She used the phone at the nearby house to call her father.

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