Though the third-largest wildfire in California reached 400 square miles in size Friday, a U.S. Forest spokesperson said it grew a meager five acres in a 12-hour period, a sign officials say could mean the blaze is on its last legs.
The Rim Fire grew to 255,858 acres from Thursday night to Friday morning, with the additional growth to the northeast edge near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. There firefighters have elected to let it burn itself out along natural barriers, fire information officer Robin Vora said.
More than 2,500 personnel remain fighting the conflagration, sparked on Aug. 17 by a hunter’s illegal campfire according to a team of investigators.
Tuolumne County District Attorney Michael Knowles, whose office participated in that investigation, did not return phone calls Friday to comment on whether the hunter would face criminal charges or why his name has not been released...