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Bow hunter accused of sparking massive Rim fire with illegal campfire
Bow hunter accused of sparking massive Rim fire with illegal campfire

The deer hunter charged with setting the Rim fire in 2013 -- one the largest in California's history -- ignored temporary restrictions put in place for national forest land and kindled a fire that spread beyond his control, federal prosecutors allege. The fire, which started Aug. 17, 2013, in a remote area of the Stanislaus National Forest, would go on to burn more than 250,000 acres to become the state's third largest wildfire, devouring chaparral and oak as it chewed through the western border of Yosemite. Ten people were injured and more than 100 structures destroyed during the nine weeks that the blaze burned. Officials said the firefight alone cost more than $125...

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