Rim fire in and around Yosemite 100% contained

Rim fire
An area burned by the Rim fire near Granite Creek in the Stanislaus National Forest on Sept. 13. The Rim fire, which burned near Yosemite, was declared 100% contained Friday, officials said.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

The massive Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park that began in August and burned 250,000 acres was declared 100% contained Friday by fire officials.

The blaze, which ignited Aug. 17 by a hunter’s illegal campfire, was the third-largest wildfire in California history and burned 398 square miles, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The cost of battling the Rim fire reached over $127.3 million. It destroyed 112 structures, including 11 homes, according to fire officials.

The fire was indicative of the type of fire California is prone to experiencing during fire season, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.


“It grew so quickly during a one-week period, it took state, local and federal fire fighters to make a stand,” Berlant said Friday. “This fire had a lot of potential for a lot of destruction.”



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