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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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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 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 Tony Barboza
GROVELAND, Calif. - The Rim fire has burned into Yosemite National Park and into the record books, consuming 222,777-acres. It is now 40% contained. Officials said progress continued, despite hot conditions and some winds overnight. "Crews completed putting a fire line around the spot fire southeast of Pilot Peak; however, localized winds last night created new spot fires that will be addressed today," according to Inciweb. 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.
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.
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 and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. -- Officials reported Saturday that the Rim fire has burned 219,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park as hot conditions posed new challenges for firefighters. The fire -- the fifth largest in state history -- is now 35% contained. Officials said the fire was "very active" in some places overnight and that aircraft would he used again Saturday to make water drops. More than 4,900 firefighters were battling the fire on Friday, while the cost of the operation has ballooned to $47 million.
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August 30, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif.--Warm, dry weather through the Labor Day weekend poses new challenges for firefighters battling the Rim fire in and around Yosemite. The Rim fire has so far scorched more than 213,000 acres since it began Aug. 17, making it the fifth-largest fire in California history. The massive fire is 32% contained, and officials expect it will take two to three weeks for full containment. More than 4,900 firefighters were battling the fire on Friday, while the cost of the operation has ballooned to $47 million.
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August 30, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif.--Shifting winds and the hottest and driest conditions in a week continued to hamper the efforts of firefighters battling the massive Rim fire on Friday in and around Yosemite National Park, officials said. There were still active parts of the fire at the northern perimeter near Tuolumne City. "It's still giving us some angst," said Gary Wuchner, an information and education specialist with the national park. Temperatures hovered in the high 80s on Friday, with winds at 15 mph from the west and humidity at 21%. Continued warm and dry weather is forecast for the next several days, which will continue to slow burnout progress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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