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Telegraph fire 60% contained, cost jumps to $23.8 million

The Telegraph fire in Mariposa County was reported about 60% contained this morning, a week after a target shooter accidentally started the blaze.

More than 4,500 firefighters continue to battle the fire, which destroyed 21 homes and 33 outbuildings early on in the blaze that has burned 34,034 acres.

Officials said this morning the fire continues to be active on the north and east flanks near Jenkins Hill and Soapstone Ridge. Other areas are experiencing flare-ups due to lower humidity and higher temperatures.

Today, firefighters will continue to aggressively work on completing fire lines in the north, with firefighters in other areas watching for hotspots that might re-ignite, officials say.

The cost overnight jumped from $18.8 million to more than $23.8 million.

Also overnight, the number of injuries to firefighters increased from 16 to 22 -- all minor injuries

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