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Rim fire in and around Yosemite 100% contained

Rim fire in and around Yosemite 100% contained
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.

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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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