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President Obama calls Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss fire near Yosemite

August 26, 2013|By Anthony York
  • The Rim fire burns along California 120 near Yosemite National Park.
The Rim fire burns along California 120 near Yosemite National Park. (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)

SACRAMENTO -- President Obama called Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday to check the status of a massive fire near Yosemite National Park which continues to burn out of control, the White House said.

State and federal disaster funds have been made available to help fight the Rim fire, one of the largest fires in state history. The blaze has forced closures in one of the national park and threatened the power supply for the city of San Francisco.

Brown was in Tuolomne County on Monday to meet with some of the thousands of firefighters battling the massive blaze, which as of Sunday night had burned nearly 150,000 acre, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire, which continues to scorch the Stanislaus National Forest, is now 15% contained, officials reported Monday.

Nine structures have been destroyed so far, and thousands more are threatened, including 1,600 homes in Tuolumne City at the northwestern edge of the fire, officials said.


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