The third-largest wildfire in California history spread to nearly 400 square miles in size Tuesday and the cost of fighting the towering inferno broke the $100 million mark, the U.S. Forest Service reported in an update.
The Rim Fire began Aug. 17 when an illegal campfire started by a hunter escaped his control about 45 miles to the north of Oakhurst, a team of investigators said last week. By Tuesday, the hunter was not arrested and his name or the evidence gathered against him were not released by authorities as the investigation continues.
Since its beginning, the conflagration spread to 254,685 acres and engulfed at least 11 homes and 97 outbuildings in flame with 1,285 buildings still threatened to be consumed.
The cost of the fire reached $100.4 million, the update said, with more than 3,000 personnel left fighting flames, mopping up debris, and maintaining defense lines...