Crews Lose Ground on Rim Fire

Hot, dry California weather through the weekend is expected to add fuel to the massive wildfire scorching Yosemite National Park, possibly undoing some of the gains fire crews have made in the past week, reports NBC News.

The so-called Rim Fire has grown by 10,000 acres since Thursday, to almost a quarter-million acres, the joint federal-state-local incident team said Friday afternoon. It could grow even more as the weather increases the chance of embers’ shooting across containment lines into dry timber.

The fire, which was started Aug. 17 when a hunter’s illegal campfire burned out of control, is now the third-largest fire in state history, authorities said. Plumes of smoke triggered air-quality warnings a hundred miles away and chased off would-be day campers in Yosemite.

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