Firefighters Gain Ground As Rim Fire Grows Past 160,000 Acres, 20% Contained

CBS Sacramento

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) – Firefighters are gaining ground on the wildfire raging in Yosemite National Park, but homes, natural treasures and drinking water are still being threatened.

Fire crews are reporting significant progress along the southwestern edge of the fire. The Rim Fire is now 20 percent contained, meaning firefighters have built a fire line around 20 percent of the fire. That’s up from 15 percent earlier Monday.

The fire also burned another 10,000 acres, bring the scorching total to 161,000 acres. So far 23 structures have been destroyed, including at least four homes.

It’s scorching land northeast of Groveland in the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County.

Near sunset, Tuolumne townsfolk gathered at Jeremy’s hillside home.

“Like two, three days ago, we must’ve watched about 40 drops,” he said.

His sweeping backyard view is now filled with a backdrop of billowing smoke and drops…

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