Thousands of Firefighters May Be Making Progress Against Wildfires at Yosemite

Officials believe wildfires are 20 percent contained; residents still dealing with dense smoke.
1:06 | 08/27/13

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jerusalem tonight. Now the news back here at home, there are hopeful signs tonight that firefighters may have saved yosemite national park in the nick of time. The fire stopped before it reached the gates. Abc's neal karlinsky now on the front line once again. Reporter: Good evening from inside the fire zone tonight where for the fooirs time officials believe they have turned a corner. They say the fire is roughly 20 percent contained. The areas of concern are to the northwest and also to the east into dense forest land that officials say they're not concerned about. At the same time people who live in the area have been dealing with dense heavy smoke for more than a week now. Schools have been closed. Tourism is way down. We talked to one business owner who says he's lost about 98 percent of the business he normally has this time of year. However, yosemite, the heart of it, remains wide open with blue skies, clear sailing, they say, for the holiday weekend. Hoping people would come. That's great news. What a debt owed those firefighters.

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