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A U.S. Forest Service hotshot crew sets up camp as the Rim fire burns about three miles east of Tuolumne City, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

As the Rim fire glows over a ridge about three miles east of Tuolumne City, Calif., firefighters assigned to structure protection spend a tense evening along Bay Street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Vino Ornelas of the San Diego City Fire Department reads a note on the door of Westside Ink on Bay Street in Tuolumne City, Calif. The owners have curtailed their usual business and dedicated the space as a rest area, lounge and barber shop for the 3,700 firefighters who are battling the Rim fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters receive physical therapy in a park in Tuolumne City, Calif., on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Convoys of fire trucks travel through the smoke-filled Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park on the morning of Aug 28.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters Leno Estrada, left, and Trever Winters, of the West Stanislaus fire crew, use a McLeod tool to create a fire break to prevent flames from spreading between the forest and the Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Smoke from the massive Rim fire shrouds a bucolic cattle ranch scene on Evergreen Road outside Yosemite National Park on Aug 28.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Tourists enjoy the view of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point as the Rim fire continues to rage miles away. "The park is a very big place," a ranger said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Aaron Shaffer, left and Juan Galvin, both linemen with Pacific Gas & Electric, attach wires to a new pole in the fire-scorched forest near the enclave of Buck Meadows west of Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

As dawn breaks on the 12th day of the massive Rim fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection trucks move through Groveland, Calif., under a banner that reads "Thank you Fire Fighters."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

While monitoring a controlled backfire along Highway 120 at the southwestern edge of Yosemite National Park, fire Capt. Russell Mitchell glances up as a U.S. Forest Service firefighting aircraft flies overhead. Mitchell said the managed burn should prevent the Rim fire from progressing toward the now-closed Big Oak Flat Entrance Station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters stand at the ready as smoke from a managed burn rises into a stand of cedar trees along Highway 120 near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station to Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A Yosemite firefighter looks up at smoke from the Rim fire that's burning in the distance on Tuesday. Fire crews are at the ready on Highway 120 at the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station to Yosemite National Park in case the fire approaches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Charred trees smolder along Highway 120 at the southwestern boundary of Yosemite National Park on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A stand of burned ponderosa pines are silhouetted against a smoky sky along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday. The Rim fire has consumed more than 180,000 acres in the last 11 days.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A huge smoke cloud rises into the air in Tuolumne County on Tuesday as the Rim fire continues to rage. This image was shot coming down from the Glacier View. The fire has destroyed at least 23 structures, and threatens two groves of giant sequoias and historical structures in the famed park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Seigi Miyazato looks at a huge cloud of smoke rising in Tuolumne County on Tuesday as the Rim fire continues to rage. The fire has destroyed at least 23 structures and threatens two groves of giant sequoias and historical structures in Yosemite National Park. But about 25 miles away, the tourist magnet of Yosemite Valley remained safe, surrounded by its famed granite walls.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A road sign on California 120 near Groveland, scorched by the massive Rim fire used to read: "Caution: Snow Removal Not on Regular Basis." Tom Medema, a Yosemite National Park ranger said that "this fire is not going to stop until the snow flies."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A 100-foot-tall ponderosa pine that was weakened by the Rim fire is felled across California 120 near Groveland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A 100-foot-tall ponderosa pine is removed from California 120 near Groveland. The tree was cut down for safety reasons after it was weakened by the Rim fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A view from California 120 near Groveland reveals a landscape blackened by the Rim fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters put out hot spots near a burned automobile amid the smoldering ruins of the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Groveland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters deal with hot spots in the ruins of the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Groveland. The village of cabins and a large dining hall on the Tuolumne River was established in 1922 and once served 4,000 people annually. It was almost entirely destroyed by the Rim fire, but all guests have been evacuated.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A firefighter looks over what's left of the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Groveland. The campground was almost entirely destroyed by the Rim fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters arise at dawn in a tent camp at the Rim fire base camp near Groveland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

As dawn breaks over the smoke-filled Rim fire base camp near Groveland, firefighters line up for breakfast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

At the Rim fire base camp near Groveland, fire commanders discuss strategy as they look over a map that shows burned acreage. The grey area on the right of the map is Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Capt. Dusty LaChapelle with the Pioneer Fire Protection District in El Dorado County moves away from the fast-moving Rim fire on Evergreen Road near Yosemite National Park on Sunday. His crew managed to keep the flames away from livestock, a ranch house and several barns.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Dusty LaChapelle from the El Dorado County Fire District chases wind-driven embers that ignited a cattle ranch meadow on Evergreen Road near Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Trees and undergrowth are charred at the Hetch Hetchy entrance to Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Flames consume the pine forest just off Evergreen Road near Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Daniel Gautschi from the El Dorado County Fire District puts out a spot fire from the fast-moving Rim fire on Evergreen Road near Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

While battling the Rim fire on Sunday, Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a blaze that jumped Highway 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Elias Funez / The Modesto Bee

The Rim fire burns along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park on Sunday. With winds gusting to 50 mph and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, thousands of firefighters have been deployed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a fire that jumped Highway 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road. The Rim fire continues to burn uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Elias Funez / The Modesto Bee

Flames burn near the city of Berkeley's Tuolumne Family Camp near Groveland, Calif., on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOAH BERGER / EPA

A bear and a cub cross a road near the Rim fire on Saturday in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Inmate firefighters walk along state Highway 120 as firefighters continue to battle the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park on Sunday. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of the park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim fire on Saturday near Groveland, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

A firefighter watches for spot fires during a burnout operation while battling the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park on Sunday. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

A member of the West Stanislaus County Fire Department monitors the Rim fire along Highway 120 on Saturday near Groveland, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

A firefighter battles the Rim fire in Yosemite National Park on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOAH BERGER / European Pressphotos Agency

The Rim fire burns near the border of Yosemite National Park near the Hetch Hetchy Dam in Tuolumne County. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Noah Berger / European Pressphoto Agency

The Rim fire burns near the Yosemite National Park border in Tuolumne County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Noah Berger / European Pressphoto Agency

A plume of smoke rises from a ridge as the Rim fire approaches Yosemite Lakes on Friday near Groveland, Calif. The fire threatens 4,500 homes outside Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Smoke and flames surround trees near the border of Yosemite National Park in Tuolumne County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Noah Berger / European Pressphoto Agency

Danny Gallant of the U.S. Forest Service monitors a back fire in the Stanislaus National Forest in Groveland, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Noah Berger / European Pressphoto Agency

A plume of smoke from the Rim fire rises above an out building on Friday near Groveland, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Flames from a back fire consume trees in the Stanislaus National Forest in Groveland, California.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOAH BERGER / European Pressphoto Agency

A Tuolumne County firefighter looks up at burned trees as he mops up hot spots from a back fire while battling the Rim Fire at Camp Mather on August 23, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that entered a section of Yosemite National Park overnight and is only 2 percent contained.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

More than 2,000 firefighters battle the blaze, which was only 2% contained Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The Rim fire burns near Yosemite National Park, one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western United States. —

PHOTOGRAPH BY: U.S. Forest Service

A firefighter from Ebbetts Pass Fire District monitors a back fire as he battles the Rim fire in Groveland, Calif. The blaze continues to burn out of control and is threatening 2,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The Rim fire burns out of control in Groveland, Calif. More than 1,000 firefighters were battling the blaze.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

A firefighter from Central Calaveras Fire monitors the Rim fire. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

A firefighter from the Kern County Rio Bravo Hotshots looks for flying embers while battling the Rim fire in Groveland, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant on a ridge ahead of the advancing Rim fire in Groveland, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The sun sets through heavy smoke from the Rim fire in Groveland, Calif. At Pine Mountain Lake, a resort eight miles from Groveland, people watched flames from their cabin rooftops.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Firefighters from Ebbetts Pass Fire District monitor a back fire while battling the Rim fire. At the Groveland Hotel, tourists were cutting short stays and checking out as the parking lot filled with news vans full of reporters checking in.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

More than 1,000 firefighters were fighting the Rim fire and planes from the California National Guard roared overhead. Thick clouds of smoke billowed into the Reno area some 160 miles away. But entrances to Yosemite National Park from the south -- on highways 41 and 4 -- remained open and Yosemite Valley was free from smoke, officials said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Flames consume trees along U.S. Highway 120 as the Rim fire burns out of control in Buck Meadows, Calif. The blaze is not expected to affect the vacations of those heading to Yosemite National Park from Southern California. But life in California's Gold Country was upended.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Smoke billows up behind a Smokey Bear sign along U.S. Highway 120 that says it all: "Fire danger extreme today."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

A vehicle from San Andreas Fire Department drives past a back fire in Groveland, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The Rim fire burns near Groveland Ranger Station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: U.S. Forest Service

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[Updated: August 29, 2013] A thick blanket of smoke hung Thursday over Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, where a team of fire lookouts was stationed to monitor the Rim fire to make sure it does not flare up next to San Francisco’s water supply.

Officials estimate the fire will be fully contained by Sept. 10, but it is expected to keep smoldering for weeks and won’t be truly out for months. READ STORY

3 Comments

  1. August 25, 2013, 3:55 pm

    Let us pray for the safety of the men and women fighting this disaster!

    By: Gypsy Jim
  2. August 26, 2013, 1:41 am

    God give enough water …

    By: frizztext
  3. August 26, 2013, 11:20 am

    It has been said locally that the American Fire was started by the US Forest Service as a controlled burn and that it got out of hand. Why would the US Forest Service even consider a controlled burn this time of year? Controlled burns are only safe in moist winter conditions with standby emergency resources. Who is the decison maker responsible for the damage?
    Investigative reporting should be done on this issue and also to determine of it was a controlled burn that started the Yosemite Rim Fire. Our Federal government will send planes and money and supplies to help other countries in need……. where is their presence now that one of our National treasures is at risk ? Where are our military planes and helicopters now?
    This needs investigative reporting to us the taxpayers. Along with names of the decision makers.

    By: suzy

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