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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.
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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.
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 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.
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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.   The wildfire, which began Aug. 17, is 40% contained with more than 5,000 firefighters battling the flames, according to the U.S. Forest Service. A September 1932 fire in Ventura County that burned 343 square miles previously held the spot, Cal Fire said. San Diego's 427-square-mile Cedar fire in Oct. 2003, which destroyed more than 2,800 structures and killed 14, remains the largest wildfire in state history.
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