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September 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Northern California conservationist group has launched a campaign to help restore lands near Yosemite National Park scorched by the massive Rim fire, campaign organizers announced Tuesday. Leaders of the Tuolumne River Trust plan to meet with state lawmakers and local business leaders to gather funds to restore Tuolumne River watershed, which serves millions of Bay Area residents and was severely burned through by the blaze. About 96% of the Rim fire is within the watershed, said Eric Wesselman, the trust's executive director.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Rim fire near Yosemite was started by a hunter who lost control of his campfire, investigators from the U.S. Forest Service and the Tuolumne County district attorney's office said Thursday. The blaze, which erupted in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River on Aug. 17, has burned 370 square miles of national forest and parkland and destroyed 111 buildings, including 11 homes and three businesses. The cost of fighting the fire reached $81 million Thursday. “It was intended as a campfire, then for whatever reason, if it was put out improperly or left unattended … it got out of control,” said Forest Service spokesman Ray Mooney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Rim fire near Yosemite was started by a hunter who lost control of his campfire, investigators from the U.S. Forest Service and the Tuolumne County district attorney's office said Thursday. The blaze, which erupted in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River on Aug. 17, has burned 370 square miles of national forest and parkland and destroyed 111 buildings, including 11 homes and three businesses. The cost of fighting the fire reached $81 million Thursday. "It was intended as a campfire, then for whatever reason, if it was put out improperly or left unattended … it got out of control," said Forest Service spokesman Ray Mooney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Containment of the massive Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park reached 80% Wednesday morning as firefighters continued to make progress in slowing the blaze's spread. The size of the fire changed little overnight and remained at 235,841 acres, or 368 square miles, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Evacuation advisories were lifted for Ponderosa Hills and areas along the south side of California 108 up to Pinecrest. More than 5,100 firefighters were fighting the flames at the blaze's peak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The huge wildfire that has been burning into Yosemite National Park for the last two weeks may have been started by an illegal marijuana growing operation, a local fire official said. Six days after the Rim fire broke out in the middle of the Northern California forest, Twain Harte Fire and Rescue Chief Todd McNeal told a community meeting the blaze was definitely human-caused. In his Aug. 23 talk, a video of which has been  posted on YouTube , McNeal said that the fire started in a section of the Stanislaus National Forest inaccessible by foot or vehicle and that it was “highly suspected” that an illegal marijuana growing operation that sparked the blaze.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Scott Gold
Firefighting officials said Monday that they are gaining the upper hand on the massive Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park. Containment jumped overnight from 45% to 60%, the weather was cooperating and some firefighters were beginning to be taken off the line, authorities said. By midday Monday, the fire - the fourth-largest blaze in California history - had burned 357 square miles. That was up from 348 on Sunday, but there were signs that the tide was turning in firefighters' favor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park became the fourth-largest blaze in California history as it grew to 348 square miles Sunday, officials said. More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which began Aug. 17 and is 40% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. A September 1932 fire in Ventura County that burned 343 square miles previously held the fourth-place spot, Cal Fire said. San Diego's 427-square-mile Cedar fire, which destroyed more than 2,800 structures and killed 14 people in October 2003, remains the largest wildfire in state history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
GROVELAND, Calif. - As the Rim fire has burned into Yosemite National Park and into the record books, it has been watched around the world. From Washington, D.C., National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said he monitored the blaze's progress daily as flames threatened Sierra Nevada communities, ancient sequoia groves and the reservoir that holds San Francisco's water supply. On Saturday, he went to see the blaze firsthand. "This is a gnarly fire," Jarvis told firefighters at a morning briefing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters capitalized on a blanket of moist air that settled over the mountains near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday night to increase containment of the Rim fire to 23%. The blaze - now entering its 12 th day - has burned 187,466 acres and is on pace to soon become the sixth-largest fire in state history. Containment was up from 20% Tuesday. Overnight, firefighters continued to build and strengthen containment lines and conduct backfiring operations to slow the blaze as it rages farther into  Yosemite National Park . Authorities also ordered evacuations for residents in the fire's path south of California 120 and north of Old Yosemite Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
A man and a woman were beaten and robbed in their San Pedro home early Wednesday, authorities said. Two people entered the home in the 300 block of N. Mesa Street at about 2 a.m. and stole money and other items, according to Los Angeles police officials. The victims suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. A description of the robbers was not immediately available, with the investigation still in its early stages. It was L.A.'s second home-invasion robbery in as many days.
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