The Rim fire, California's third-largest on record, raged for two months. It burned 257,314 acres of the Sierra Nevada range, including 10% of Yosemite National Park, the draw that brings people through Groveland on California 120. Soon after the smoke cleared, the federal government shut down, closing Yosemite for weeks during a balmy, blue-skied autumn. Then, two weeks after the shutdown ended, the snows came and closed the Sierra passes for the season. In the isolated quiet, there were transformations, large and small.
Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
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