The Rim Fire that has blackened more than 228,000 acres in
Stanislaus National Forest is now 60 percent contained but about 4,500
residences remain threatened, Cal Fire officials reported Monday morning.
Firefighters made great progress Sunday night in limiting the
spread of the Rim Fire near and in Yosemite National Park, according to
officials from Cal Fire, one of the agencies working on the blaze.
The Rim Fire, located within Tuolumne County northeast of
Groveland, has burned 228,670 acres, evacuations are in effect and 4,500
homes remain under threat from the flames, Cal Fire officials said.
The fire has affected an area of 357 square miles and though 60
percent contained it is the fourth largest wildfire in California history,
Cal Fire officials said.
Cal Fire and local fire agencies are assisting the U.S. Forest
Service in fighting the Rim Fire.
About 7,500 firefighters are battling the Rim Fire and six other
wildfires in Butte, Tulare, Siskiyou, Humboldt, San Bernardino and Fresno
counties, officials said.
Much of Northern California will experience a trend toward cooler
temperatures and some rainfall but increased humidity and light winds in
Southern California will increase the threat of fires for the next several
days, officials said.