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Local firefighters battle out-of-control blaze in Sierra foothills

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Liberty Fire Capt. Steve Seifert/courtesy photograph

Flames from the Rim Fire rage through forest land near Groveland on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. The Rim Fire had expanded to 106,000 acres, entering Yosemite, by Friday night.

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In Tuolumne on Friday, hundreds packed their cars, prepared to leave their homes and retreat from the unpredictable flames of the massive Rim Fire just a hillside away.

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Liberty Fire Capt. Steve Seifert/courtesy photograph

Flames from the Rim Fire rage through forest land near Groveland on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. The Rim Fire had expanded to 106,000 acres, entering Yosemite, by Friday night.