Yosemitie Fire Update

Rim Fire Near Yosemite Ranks Among Top 10 Largest Wildfires in California History

 

#7 Rim Fire: 179,481 Acres (2013)

#1 Cedar Fire: 273,246 Acres (2003)


A burned car sits on the side of the road after being consumed by the Rim Fire on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

(Weather.com) – As of Tuesday morning, the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California has burned 179,481 acres.

In records dating back to 1932, the Rim Fire now ranks as the 7th largest in state history, according to California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Based on acres burned, the slideshow above shows the 15 largest wildfires in California’s history.

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‘State of emergency’ declared over Yosemite fire

By Lisa Fernandez, NBCBayArea.com

With the Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park at near lightning speeds, the number of evacuations grew on Thursday, as did the number of acres of forest – the size of the fire nearly tripled in a day’s time, sparking an urgent “state of emergency” plea.

Thursday afternoon, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County.

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Rim fire near Yosemite out of control, threatens 2,500 structures

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Thick smoke rises from the Rim fire near the Groveland ranger station. (U.S. Forest Service / August 20, 2013)

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By Robert J. LopezAugust 20, 2013, 6:16 p.m.

More than 400 firefighters were battling a wildfire Tuesday evening that was raging out of control near Yosemite National Park and threatening 2,500 structures, officials said.

The Rim fire had charred more than 10,000 acres of brush, oak and pine in the Stanislaus National Forest as flames raced across rugged terrain, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The massive blaze forced officials to shut down California 120 four miles west of Groveland Ranger Station and four miles east of Buck Meadows. No westbound traffic was being allowed out of Yosemite, fire officials said.

The fire more than doubled in size Monday night, fire officials said.

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Yosemite National Park rangers search for teen swept over waterfall

The water at Nevada Fall flows at 500 cubic feet per second.

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The water at Nevada Fall flows at 500 cubic feet per second.

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Park rangers searched Yosemite National Park on Saturday for a California man who was swept over the edge of a nearly 600-foot waterfall while swimming.

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