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August 27, 2013
Cooler temps expected to aid Yosemite firefight

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park grew overnight, but they are still making progress in containing it.

The Rim Fire remained 20 percent contained on Tuesday morning. Officials said the fire grew to about 280 square miles, up from about 252 square miles the previous day, but back burning by crews was responsible for at least part of that increase.

California fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said crews are anticipating cooler temperatures and higher humidity this week that could allow them to gain the upper hand.

The fire is threatening thousands of structures, the main reservoir serving San Francisco and historic giant sequoias.

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A firefighter stands on top of a fire truck at a campground destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Crews working to contain one of California's largest-ever wildfires gained some ground Monday against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias. AP / Jae C. Hong
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In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 photo provided by the California Army National Guard on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, Sgt. Chris Boni, crew chief from the 1-140th Aviation Battalion (Air Assault) from Los Alamitos Joint Training Base (JFTB), releases water to help control the Rim fire below near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The The UH-60 Black Hawk Crews are battling the Rim wildfire, one of the largest in California history, in support of the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE. California Air National Guard / Master Sgt. Julie Avey
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A fire truck drives past burning trees as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Sacramento River Fire District Captain Jerry Winters, 61, rests at base camp before the start of the night shift with Engineer Scott Stanfield fighting the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Monday, August 26, 2013. The Sacramento Bee / Paul Kitagaki Jr.
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Firefighters douse hot spots amid the smoldering ruins of the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Groveland, California, Monday, August 26, 2013. The 1922 village of cabins and a large dining hall on the Tuolumne River that once served 4000 people annually was almost totally destroyed by the massive, uncontrolled Rim Fire. All guests had been evacuated. Los Angeles Times / Don Bartletti
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As dawn breaks over the smoke-filled Rim Fire base camp near Groveland, California, firefighters line up for breakfast on Monday, August 26, 2013. Los Angeles Times / Don Bartletti
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At the Rim fire base camp near Groveland, California, fire commanders discuss strategy Monday, August 26, 2013, in front of a map that outlines the 143,980 acres burned. The gray area on the right of the map is Yosemite National Park. Los Angeles Times / Don Bartletti
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A helicopter reloads fire retardant as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire in Tuolumne City, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Firefighters pour water on a hot spot at a campground destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Firefighter A.J. Tevis watches the flames of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Firefighter Dusty LaChapelle from El Dorado County Fire Department moves away from flames from the fast moving Rim fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., August 25, 2013. Los Angeles Times / Don Bartletti
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A firefighter watches for spot fires during a burnout operation while battling the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Inmate firefighters walk along state Highway 120 as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Trees burn in a burnout fire as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Trees burn as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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A helicopter drops water over a hot spot while battling the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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A smoke rises from smoldering trees as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Firefighters from Sacramento Metropolitan Fire wait for deployment orders along Evergreen Road as the Rim fire burns in Yosemite National Park, Calif., August 25, 2013. Los Angeles Times / Don Bartletti
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Mike Sanders, 2nd from left, Rick Jerome, center, and Susan Starr, far right, watch the Rim fire with other neighbors in front of Starr's home on Canyon Drive near Tuolumne City, Calif., Sunday, August 25, 2013. Modesto Bee / Jeff Jardine
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Firefighters Lee Howard, foreground, of Wartburg, Tenn. and Charlie Ferris, of Los Angeles, watch a smoke plume from the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Corinna Loh gets her first look at the remains of a 4-bedroom home at her family's Spinning Wheel Ranch resort in Tuolumne County on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. San Francisco Chronicle / Paul Chinn
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A burned road sign is a reminder of the Rim Fire still burning out of control in Tuolumne County on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. San Francisco Chronicle / Paul Chinn
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Alex Candia covers up to avoid breathing smoky air while walking along Highway 120 in Groveland, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. The Rim Fire has scorched over 150 square miles of terrain. San Francisco Chronicle / Paul Chinn
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Pinecrest General Store owner Dan Vaughn says that business is down 90% from normal at this time of year as a result of the Rim Fire which continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest. Vaughn sent four of his employees home due to the lack of business Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. Modesto Bee / Elias Funez
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A trio of Bakersfield firefighters check an updated Rim Fire incident report map that is posted at the incident command post 7 miles east of Groveland, after a long hard day of fighting the fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. Modesto Bee / Elias Funez
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Firefighters chow under a series of tents set up at the Rim Fire incident command post 7 miles east of Groveland, after a long hard day of fighting the fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. Modesto Bee / Elias Funez
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A group of Ceres firefighters help each other up a steep embankment that leads into a canyon in Tuolumne County, California, Saturday, August 24, 2013. Modesto Bee / Elias Funez
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Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to burn uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. Modesto Bee / Elias Funez
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Firefighter John Curtis, of Big Bear, Calif., watches the Rim Fire burn near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to burn uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. Modesto Bee / Elias Funez
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Firefighters walk toward their trucks as the Rim Fire continues to burn near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Andrew Sloan packs up belongings for a family friend as the Rim Fire threatens the small town of Tuolumne, Calif, Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Modesto Bee / Andy Alfaro
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A DC-10 makes a drop of fire retardant over the Rim Fire east of Ferretti Road in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in Calif. Modesto Bee / Andy Alfaro
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Colorado Rural Protection firefighter Molly McGee fights the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest in California, Thursday, August 22, 2013. Modesto Bee / Andy Alfaro
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U.S. Forest Service firefighter moves away from a quickly moving section of the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest in California, Tuesday August 20, 2013. ( Modesto Bee / Andy Alfaro

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