Rim Fire: 105,620-acre fire near Yosemite prompts tourists, residents to evacuate (photos)

Rim Fire Burns Near Yosemite National Park

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GROVELAND, CA - AUGUST 22: A firefighter from Cosumnes Fire Department monitors a back fire while battling the Rim Fire on August 22, 2013 in Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 2,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that was reduced to only 2 percent containment after it nearly tripled in size overnight. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Massive wildfire near Yosemite one of California's worst at 149,780 acres (map)

A Northern California wildfire raging out of control grew overnight to more than three times the size of the city of San Francisco as it spread inside the border of Yosemite National Park.

Flames from the Rim Fire have also forced the evacuations of hundreds from homes.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said Friday the blaze had grown from 99 square miles to more than 165 square miles and was only 2 percent contained. The latest estimate from CalFire pegs it at 105,620 acres.

Berlant said the fire threatens about 4,500 residences.

While Yosemite remains open, the wildfire caused the closure of a 4-mile stretch of State Route 120, one of three entrances into Yosemite on the west side, devastating areas that rely on tourism.


STATS, CLOSURES, EVACUATIONS: Full details on KPCC's Fire Tracker


View Rim Fire in a larger map | Updated 8/23/13 | Source: GeoMAC

 

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