Update: Chicago-Size Rim Fire 20% Contained

August 27, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Update: Chicago-Size Rim Fire 20% Contained

An undated photo of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The Rim Fire in California that has scorched an area roughly the size of Chicago near Yosemite National Park was 20% contained Monday nigh (Aug. 26), officials said — a jump from 7% the previous night, NBC News reported.

But fire, stretching 250 square miles, still threatens 4,500 structures as well as the power and water utilities for San Francisco, roughly 200 miles to the west. It has charred 160,980 acres and was growing rapidly, hampering suppression efforts, authorities said Monday night.

The raging flames also loomed over towering sequoias that are among the largest and oldest living things on the planet. The iconic trees can withstand fire, but brutal conditions — including harsh winds and thick brush — have prompted park employees to take extra precautions in the Tuolumne and Merced groves

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