Cause still unknown
A few days of favorable weather helped firefighters slow the progress of a massive blaze within Stanislaus National Forest, a U.S. forest service spokesman said Wednesday. He also said any speculation on the fire’s cause is unsubstantiated.
The Rim Fire, which has scorched 237,341 acres near Yosemite National Park since Aug. 17, was 80 percent contained by Wednesday afternoon, the forest service spokesperson said, up from 75 percent Tuesday.
Thanks to sporadic rain, higher humidity, and continued hard work by more than 4,100 firefighting personnel the progress of the flames had slowed to less than 3,000 acres in 12-hour periods, fire information officer Rena Escobedo said.
“Weather, safety, and terrain concerns all have to come together for large-scale firefighting operations like this to work,” Escobedo said. “So we take it one day at a time and hope to have a handle on this.” ...