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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells
More than 700 firefighters were trying to get the upper hand Monday on a Bay Area wildfire that has burned 1,500 acres in Mt. Diablo State Park. Called the Morgan fire, the blaze was first reported Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. in the kind of steep, dry terrain that has fueled the rapid spread of other wildfires this year, most notably the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park. A large order of new firefighters was called in as the Morgan fire nearly doubled overnight, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders for about 100 homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The cost of battling the massive Rim fire raging in and around Yosemite National Park has reached $100 million, federal fire officials said Monday night. The blaze has charred 253,332 acres -- or 396 square miles -- of brush and timber after erupting in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17, fire officials said. The blaze is 80% contained. The U.S. Forest Service said firefighters faced hot and very dry conditions Monday as flames tore through pockets of unburned vegetation around Thompson Peak and on the south edge of the fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Diana Marcum
GROVELAND, Calif. - The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is now the third largest in California history as firefighters planned another attack this weekend. The blaze, which erupted in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River, has destroyed 111 buildings, including 11 homes and three businesses. The cost of fighting the fire reached $84.8 million Friday. Six people have been injured. It started when a hunter let his illegal campfire get out of control, federal forest officials said.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The California 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park that was shut by the Rim fire will reopen at noon Friday, though firefighting activities in the national park continue. The reopened road means travelers will be able to enter the park and drive to Yosemite Valley along Big Oak Flat Road from Groveland, Calif. "Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley via [California] 120," a park statement issued Friday says. "However, due to continued fire activity in the area stopping along the roadway is strictly prohibited.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A leader of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies, including solicitation of murder. Stephen Sanders, 44, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery, solicitation to commit murder and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. He was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court by Judge Robert O'Neill. San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said Sanders had planned "to have witnesses and law enforcement officers killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Diana Marcum
GROVELAND, Calif.--Authorities said they will open the western section of California 120 into Yosemite National Park at noon Friday after closing it more than two weeks ago to fight the Rim fire. Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley from the park's western entrance from Groveland for the first time since the Rim fire broke out Aug. 17. Though a 14-mile stretch of the highway is closed within the park - from Crane Flat to White Wolf - the update was met with joy Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Diana Marcum
GROVELAND, Calif. - Authorities opened the western section of California 120 into Yosemite National Park on Friday, more than two weeks after closing the road to fight the fast-spreading Rim fire. Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley from the park's western entrance from Groveland for the first time since the Rim fire broke out Aug. 17. Though a 14-mile stretch of the highway is closed within the park - from Crane Flat to White Wolf - the update was met with joy Friday.
OPINION
September 6, 2013 | By Jamie Simons
After years of living in Yosemite National Park, I learned that, contrary to the teachings of Smokey Bear, fire can be a welcome force for good. It rejuvenates the forest. It clears the way for richer, more diverse habitat. It is essential in the life cycle of the giant sequoia. And if you live in the mountains, surrounded by forests piled high with tinderbox-dry debris, nothing helps you sleep more soundly at night than being in an area that's been burned. What isn't good is a fire like the Rim fire, which as of Thursday had burned 237,341 acres, or 370 square miles, in and around Yosemite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The hunter who authorities allege started the destructive Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has not been arrested or charged at this time. The news came as firefighters continued to get a handle on the massive fire, the third largest in California history.  It was 80% contained and wasn't expected to be fully under control for another two weeks. The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that the hunter started an illegal fire that got out of control.
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