08/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Yosemite Wildfires Threaten 4,000 Homes

MARIPOSA, CALIF. -- Thousands of firefighters continued to battle a growing blaze in the Yosemite area Monday, hampered by steep terrain and high temperatures.

About 4,000 homes were threatened -- double the number in danger over the weekend. The Telegraph fire, which began Friday when four residents went target shooting in the remote woods, has claimed 12 homes so far.

Officials declined to name the man who fired the shot believed to have sparked the blaze, which by Monday morning had burned at least 26,000 acres and by Monday afternoon was 10% contained. But Sarah Gibson, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Monday that investigators had found that the shooter did not act negligently and that no charges had been filed.

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