Sacto 9-1-1
August 23, 2013
UPDATE: Rim Fire near Yosemite spreads to over 100,000 acres

The Rim Fire in Tuolumne County has devoured 105,620 acres west of Yosemite National Park.

As of Friday morning, the 6-day-old wildfire is 2 percent contained. More than 2,000 firefighters, including 60 from Sacramento Metropolitan Fire, are taming the flames. Multiple communities have been evacuated and a stretch of Highway 120, the main artery into the park, has been closed.

Two homes and seven outbuildings were destroyed along Packard Canyon Road, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Another 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings remain threatened along Ferretti Road, north of Highway 120.

The fire is being managed by both Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.

Meanwhile, the Swedes Fire in Butte County has been 100 percent contained. The fire, southeast of Oroville, charred a total of 2,462 acres.

Another large wildfire, the American Fire near Foresthill, is 60 percent containment. The fire has burned 17,796 acres so far.

Fifty-one major uncontained wildfires are burning throughout the West, according to an Associated Press report, including in California, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. More than 19,000 firefighters were fighting the fires.

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