The third-largest wildfire in California history neared full containment over the weekend, a U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said Monday, as the blaze continued to slow its rampage and defensive lines remained intact.
From Friday to Monday, the Rim Fire — which at its peak grew more than 3,000 acres an hour — expanded a little more than 300 acres to a total of 256,169 claimed by flame, fire information officer Paul Gibbs said.
“It’s very encouraging,” Gibbs said. “It’s not moving too much and winds haven’t been a problem, which for us is always a good sign.”
The fire’s growth remained largely to the northeast section near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Gibbs said, where personnel are monitoring the conflagration as it burns out along rock formations and other natural barriers...