Sacto 9-1-1
August 26, 2013
Fire near Yosemite is 13th largest recorded state fire

The Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park has grown to be the 13th largest fire ever recorded in the state.

The still hard-charging blaze that continues to threaten 4,500 homes, has expanded to 149,780 acres. The blaze northeast of Groveland, Tuolumne County, is just 15 percent contained and evacuations remain in effect.

Firefighters will continue to fight the fire from the air today. Smoke will be an issue with visibility less than a mile at some locations, fire officials said.

Cal Fire officials warn that winds again today will hamper firefighting efforts with gusts from the south predicted up to 26 mph. The winds are expected to push the fire to the northeast.

Closer to Sacramento, the American Fire, northeast of Foresthill in Placer County, has burned 24,408 acres. The fire is reported at 81 percent contained this morning.

About 9,000 local, state and federal firefighters are working to contain 11 major wildfires across the state. Fire officials made progress on the wildland blazes Sunday despite windy conditions.

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