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Rim Fire slowing down

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webmaster | 09/12/13

Firefighters working to contain the state’s third-largest wildfire in history have made significant progress over the last week, a U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said Wednesday, and the spread of the blaze has been almost completely halted.

Though the Rim Fire charred an additional 700 acres from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning and sat at 80 percent containment for the eighth straight day, fire information officer Mark Healey said that the growth was within defensive lines created by firefighting crews.

“The reason it’s not 100 percent contained yet is in a few small areas there’s still a risk of it jumping out of our lines,” Healey said. “But those areas are getting few and far between, and that’s very, very encouraging.”

Healey pointed out that hotter, drier temperatures were expected to move into the area the next few days and that the potential of the fire to pick back up was always a possibility...


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