Cal. wildfire now fourth-largest ever
Sep 1, 2013 / 11:59 am
The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in California history.
CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Sunday that the 2-week-old Rim Fire claimed the spot as it grew to 348 square miles (901 square kilometres) Saturday.
A 1932 blaze that scorched 344 square miles (891 square kilometres) in Ventura County previously stood as the state's fourth-largest wildfire.
A 427-square-mile (1105.93-sq. kilometre) fire in San Diego County that killed 14 people a decade ago tops the list.
Although the current wildfire still is growing, fire officials say it was 40 per cent contained as of Sunday, up from 35 per cent a day earlier.
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