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By Matt Kibbe
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Topic - Daniel Berlant
The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in modern California history, fire officials said Sunday as clouds and higher humidity helped crews further contain the biggest blaze in the United States this year.
With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect mountain communities in the path of a fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.
Aided by a shift in wind direction, firefighters made a stand against a huge lightning-sparked wildfire burning on the edge of three small Northern California towns.
The father of a central Oklahoma high school valedictorian said Monday that his daughter's diploma has been withheld because she used a curse word during her graduation speech.
Mr. Berlant said the blaze is "not nearly as active as it was last week" and firefighters expect to have it fully contained within the next three weeks.