From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, a forest fire in the Stanislaus National Forest grew more than 6,000 acres and threatened 2,500 structures, the U.S. Forest Service reported.
The Rim Fire, which was only 5 percent contained Wednesday, began Saturday and its cause is still under investigation.
Located about 45 miles directly north of Oakhurst, the blaze has forced several community and organized camp evacuations and has destroyed nine buildings, including at least two homes and seven outbuildings, the forest service said.
“Structure defense is in progress,” it said. “Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.” ...