Sacto 9-1-1
August 28, 2013
Rim fire on list of state's largest blazes as fire crews make progress

glance.JPGFire officials say that progress is being made on the 10 major wildfires burning in California.

Meanwhile, the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park has grown to 187,466 acres and is 23 percent contained. It remains the 7th largest wildfire recorded in California.

Read more: Tahoe visitors, Sierra resdients endure smoky days as Rim Fire rages

The largest wildfires in state history as listed by the National Weather Service:

1. Cedar fire, San Diego County, 273,000 acres in 2003.

2. Rush fire, Lassen County, 271,000 acres in 2012.

3. Zaca fire, Santa Barbara County, 240,000 acres in 2007.

4. Matilija fire, Ventura County, 220,000 acres in 1932.

5. Witch fire, San Diego County, 197,000 acres in 2007.

6. Klamath fire, Siskiyou County, 192,000 acres in 2008.

7. Rim fire, Tuolumne County, 187,466 acres in 2013.

In Placer County, the American Fire northeast of Foresthill is 94 percent contained this morning, according to Cal Fire. The wild land blaze has consumed 26,000 acres.

The majority of the large wildfires are burning on federal land. Cal Fire and local fire departments are working in support of U.S. Forest Service firefighters.

Nearly 9,000 firefighters have been battling the blazes. About 4,200 of the firefighters are deployed at the Rim fire.

PHOTO CAPTION: While monitoring a controlled backfire along Highway 120 at the southwestern edge of California's Yosemite National Park, Captain Russell Mitchell with Yosemite Fire glances up as a U.S. Forest Service firefighting aircraft flies overhead on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Don Bartletti/ Los Angeles Times

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