Yosemite fire rages, could burn for months
One of California’s largest fires ever is raging near the Yosemite National Park. It has burned more than 225 square miles of forest and is now threatening some 4,500 buildings, as 3,400 firefighters face “every challenge there can be.” Officials warn that it could be months before it is 100% contained.
The so-called Rim Fire had burned about 134,000 acres as of late Sunday — about 9,000 acres more than it had the previous day — making it the 14th largest fire since California began keeping records on wildfires in 1932 and the second largest in Tuolumne County.
Officials said that firefighters had contained about 7 percent of the fire, which began just over a week ago, and that it had caused no loss of life or significant property damage. And although the fire has burned some acreage in Yosemite, the most visited area of the park, the Yosemite Valley, is not threatened so far, officials said.
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