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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Samantha Schaefer
The massive Rim fire is on its way to becoming the state's third largest in history as it burns into Yosemite National Park. At 235,841 acres, or roughly 368 square miles, the Rim fire was 75% contained Tuesday and fewer than 4,400 acres from moving from fourth to third place on the list of California's largest wildfires. The No. 3 spot belongs to the  Zaca  fire , which in July 2007 burned 375 square miles -- or about 240,207 acres -- in Santa Barbara County. The fire was ignited by sparks from grinding equipment being used to repair a water pipe near  Los   Olivos , according to Times archives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Scott Gold
The massive Rim fire burning into Yosemite National Park is now 75% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday morning. Forest Service officials listed the Rim fire's burned acreage at 235,841 acres, or roughly 368 square miles, making it the fourth largest in state history. A September 1932 fire in Ventura County that burned 343 square miles previously held the spot, according to Cal Fire. About 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
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 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Despite stubborn heat and wind over the Labor Day weekend, firefighters battling the Rim fire burning into Yosemite National Park tightened their grip around the historic blaze and turned their focus to what caused it. The fire started in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17 and is burning into neighboring Yosemite National Park. It has chewed through 235,841 acres, or 368 square miles. The fire was 75% contained Tuesday. Full containment isn't expected for two weeks - the area burned is larger than Dallas or San Diego - and investigators aren't sure what started it. But the fire chief in the small, nearby mountain town of Twain Harte, named after authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte, told an audience of community members days after the blaze broke out that he's sure the Rim fire is man-made.
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.
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September 2, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park grew overnight, with smoke causing air quality issues inside the park. The fire burned an additional 8,000 acres over the last day and has now consumed 231,000 acres. It's 60% contained. "Smoke from the Rim Fire has settled into Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Foresta and other areas, causing air quality impacts," Inciweb reported. "This will persist for the next few days, particularly in the morning hours. " Wind shifts on Friday dumped smoke into the Yosemite Valley, which appeared hazy with decreased visibility on video streaming from webcams in the park . Another shift in the wind is expected Monday or Tuesday, which should help clear the smoke out of the area, park ranger Kari Cobb said.
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.
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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.
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August 30, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Tony Barboza
The Yosemite Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Yosemite National Park, has established a fund to help restore the park's trails, facilities and habitat in the wake of the ferocious Rim fire. “We anticipate that significant work will be needed to restore areas affected in the park once the heroic efforts of firefighters are completed,” conservancy President Mike Tollefson said in a statement. Though the massive blaze was listed as 32% contained Friday morning, fire officials said their work is far from finished.
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