California Rim Fire Grows to 180,000 Acres

Now in Yosemite


The massive Rim Fire that has torched parts of Yosemite National Park and threatens scores of homes in the pristine northern California mountains has swelled to nearly 180,000 acres.

The 11-day-old fire grew by almost 20,000 acres since Monday to an area of about 280 square miles, forcing mandatory evacuations near Yosemite Park south of Highway 120. Firefighting crews were securing fire lines along the southwestern and northeastern edge of the blaze. The fire was about 20% contained Tuesday.