Smoke from Rim Fire hits Valley floor

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Air-quality officials issued a warning for six counties including Madera on Friday afternoon as smoke from a roaring wildfire in Stanislaus National Forest began to flow down to the Valley floor.

The Rim Fire, about 45 miles north of Oakhurst, scorched 213,313 acres of forest land and was 35 percent contained Friday.

It is the number one firefighting priority in the United States, the U.S. Forest Service reported Friday, and the fifth-largest fire in California history since record-keeping began in 1932.

Nearly 5,000 personnel from 41 states have been called in to fight the flames, which have spread to an area larger than San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose combined...

 

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