Monday, Aug 26 2013 08:05 AM

California fires continue to spread

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    By US Forest Service

    The Rim Fire rages behind the Groveland Ranger Station. Fire continues to spread eastward. The Rim Fire has crossed the Yosemite National Park Boundary.

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BY THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Nearly 9,000 local, state, and federal firefighters continue to battle 11 major wildfires across California.

The Rim Fire, near Yosemite National Park, continues to be the most active and has grown to the 13 largest fire in California's recorded history. 

The fire has spread to about 149,780 acres and is 15 precent contained.

California Gov. Jerry Brown will join the state and federal fire and emergency officials at the Rim Fire today near Yosemite National Park.

As of Monday, CAL FIRE said 4,500 homes remain threatened by the blaze and several evacuation orders and advisories remain in effect. Winds will push the fire further northeast, with gusts of 26 mph.

Aerial View of the Fire

Just south of Yosemite, the Fish Fire near Sequoia National Forest has spread to 1,450 acres and is 7 percent contained. The public is asked to slow down and remain alert while driving in the area due to an increase in traffic between Porterville and the Peppermint Heliport.

 


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