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TODAY   |  August 29, 2013

‘Rim fire’ near Yosemite now 30 percent contained

The wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park is now 30 percent contained, as more than 4,000 firefighters continue to make progress against the blaze. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> in that raging wildfire in california. tamron 's here with more on that.

>> we have some positive news this morning, everyone. firefighters are starting to make some progress on a massive wildfire burning near yosemite national park . the rim fire is now about 30% contained. but they still have certainly a long way to go. nbc's miguel almaguer is in tuolumne city with the latest.

>> reporter: tamron , good morning. as this monster fire closes in on roughly 300 square miles , about the size of the entire city of new york , crews are making progress. they hope to have this fire fully contained within about two weeks. this fire is still exploding, still ripping through forestland outside yosemite, feeding on dry brush and winds. some 4,000 firefighters are slowly bringing those flames to an end. but smoke has not stopped here. seen from about 100 miles away , air quality in this region is terrible. it has forced some schools to shut down and shutter some business temporarily with about 4,500 structures threatened. 31 have been destroyed today. this blaze has been burning for two weeks. it will continue to burn for some time. tamron ?

>> miguel, thank you very much.