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  • Angel City fire fighters Cody Stephens, left, and Kevin Brown, center, wait as helicopter dumps water on hot spots battling the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Monday August 26, 2013 in, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    The Rim Fire burns through trees near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Firefighters gained some ground Tuesday against the huge wildfire burning forest lands in the western Sierra Nevada, including parts of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    A fire truck drives past burning trees as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Crews working to contain one of California's largest-ever wildfires gained some ground Monday against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    The Rim Fire burns through trees near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Firefighters gained some ground Tuesday against the huge wildfire burning forest lands in the western Sierra Nevada, including parts of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    A fire truck drives past burning trees as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Crews working to contain one of California's largest-ever wildfires gained some ground Monday against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    Firefighter Dusty LaChapelle from El Dorado County Fire Department moves away from flames from the fast moving Rim fire near Yosemite National Park, California, August 25, 2013.
    Don Bartletti | MCT
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    Flames consume the pine forest just off Evergreen Road near Yosemite National Park, California, August 25, 2013.
    Don Bartletti | MCT
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    Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest in California, Saturday, August 24, 2013.
    Elias Funez | MCT
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    A group of Ceres firefighters help each other up a steep embankment that leads into a canyon in Tuolumne County, California, Saturday, August 24, 2013. The rough terrain is one of the main reasons why fighting the Rim Fire has proved to be extremely difficult.
    Elias Funez | MCT
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    Smoke and flames from the Rim fire fill the sky above Evergreen Road near Yosemite National Park, California, August 25, 2013.
    Don Bartletti | MCT
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    Firefighter Dusty LaChapelle from El Dorado County Fire Department chases wind driven embers that ignited a cattle ranch meadow on Evergreen Road near Yosemite National Park, California, August 25, 2013.
    Don Bartletti | MCT
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    Corinna Loh gets her first look at the remains of a 4-bedroom home at her family's Spinning Wheel Ranch resort in Tuolumne County on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. The Rim Fire blazed through the property earlier in the week, destroying the home Loh grew up in, which was among several vacation rental homes on the property, as well as a 2-bedroom cabin.
    Paul Chinn | The Associated Press
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    A burned road sign is a reminder of the Rim Fire still burning out of control in Tuolumne County on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.
    Paul Chinn | The Associated Press
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    Mike Sanders, 2nd from left, Rick Jerome, center, and Susan Starr, far right, watch the Rim fire with other neighbors in front of Starr's home on Canyon Drive near Tuolumne City, California, Sunday, August 25, 2013.
    Jeff Jardine | MCT
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    A small boat floats on the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir as the smoke and some embers from the Rim Fire fill the air in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect this and other communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    A smoke rises from the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect this and other communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    The Rim Fire burns along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect this and other communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    Firefighter Charlie Ferris, of Los Angeles, watches a smoke plume from the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. With winds gusting and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect this and other communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    A smoke rises from smoldering trees as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect this and other communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    Trees burn in a burnout fire as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    A forest smolders as the Rim Fire continues to burn near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    Inmate firefighters walk along state Highway 120 as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to burn uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
    Elias Funez | AP
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    Firefighters chow under a series of tents set up at the Rim Fire incident command post 7 miles east of Groveland, after a long hard day of fighting the fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
    Elias Funez | AP
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    Firefighters walk toward their trucks as the Rim Fire continues to burn near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    Smoke from the Rim Fire glows orange while a hillside smolders in a canyon of the South Fork of the Tuolumne in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
    Elias Funez | AP
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    A group of Ceres firefighters help each other up a steep embankment that leads into a canyon of the South Fork of the Tuolumne off of Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. The rough terrain is one of the main reasons why fighting the Rim Fire has proved to be extremely difficult.
    Elias Funez | AP
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    Alex Candia covers up to avoid breathing smoky air while walking along Highway 120 in Groveland, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. The Rim Fire has scorched over 150 square miles of terrain.
    Paul Chinn | AP
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    West Stanislaus and Patterson Fire Captain Mike Ambrosino balances on a steep embankment while keeping a close eye on burning trees and snags while checking on fire hoses in a canyon of the South Fork of the Tuolumne River just east of Hardin Flat Road along Hwy 120 while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to burn uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
    Elias Funez | AP
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    Firefighters walk toward their trucks as the Rim Fire continues to burn near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    A forest smolders as the Rim Fire continues to burn near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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    Elias Funez The Modesto Bee Firetrucks fill a parking lot of the Black Oak Casino near Tuolumne City. Crews battling the Rim fire have booked all 148 rooms at the Black Oak's hotel.
  • The orange glow of the sun through the smoke of the nearby Rim Fire casts an eerie feeling over the deserted picnic areas at Pinecrest Lake Saturday afternoon (08-24-13) which is experiencing 1/10th the visitors due to the smoke and ash of the fire.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
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    A fire crew from Stanislaus County douses a hot spot from the Rim Fire near Camp Mather on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Burning near Yosemite National Park, the wildfire has scorched over 150 square miles of terrain.
    Paul Chinn | The Chronicle
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    Andrew Sloan packs up belongings for a family friend as the Rim Fire threatens the small town of Tuolumne, Ca, Friday August 23, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    Kayla Stanton, right, and Preston Holley, left, pack up belongings for friends as the Rim Fire threatens the small town of Tuolumne, Ca, Friday August 23, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    Firefighters wait in the town of Tuolumne, Ca, Friday August 23, 2013. The town is under advisory evacuation as the Rim Fire grows in size.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    Kayla Stanton packs up belongings for a family friend as the Rim Fire threatens the small town of Tuolumne, Ca, Friday August 23, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    A smoky haze blankets Virginia Street from the main downtown casino strip in Reno, Nev., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, as health district officials raised an air quality alert Friday to the ``red'' unhealthy level for the general population. The smoke from a massive wildfire burning 150 miles to the south at Yosemite National Park prompted school officials to keep children inside Friday in Carson City, Washoe and Douglas counties. (AP Photo/ Scott Sonner)
    Scott Sonner | AP
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    Molly McGee, a firefighter with a Colorado crew, attacks flames with water Thursday in Stanislaus National Forest, west of Yosemite National Park. The Rim fire has consumed nearly 64,000 acres and threatens about 2,500 homes near Groveland.
    Andy Alfaro | The Modesto Bee
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    Fire rages out of control with only 2% of the Rim Fire contained in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday August 22, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday August 22, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    Fire rages out of control with only 2% of the Rim Fire contained in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday August 22, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday August 22, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    The Rim fire in the Stanislaus National Forest was just 1 percent contained on Thursday.
    Andy Alfaro | The Modesto Bee
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    A DC-!0 makes a drop of fire retardant over the Rim Fire east of Ferretti Road in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday August 22, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    A helicopter makes a drop of fire retardant over the Rim Fire east of Ferretti Road in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday August 22, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    Pine Mountain Lake resident Bob Haliwell holds his dog Mickey outside his motor home at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora where he is staying due to the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday August 22, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | Modesto Bee
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    In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park — one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. — more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.
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    In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Groveland Ranger Station in Groveland, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park is one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. It has more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.
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    Members of the U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew work to control hot spots at the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | AP
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    A U.S. Forest Service firefighter moves away from a quickly moving section of the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | AP
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    In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, a road sign warns of the closure of HWY120 on HWY108 due to the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest. Calif. The remote blaze in Stanislaus National Forest west of Yosemite grew to more than 25 square miles Wednesday, and was only 5 percent contained, threatening homes, hotels and camp buildings.
    Andy Alfaro | AP
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    In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, Buck Meadows resident Victor Ojeda, who was evacuated due to the Rim Fire, lies on a cot and reads the Red Cross Shelter at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, Calif., where he spent the night. The remote blaze in Stanislaus National Forest west of Yosemite grew to more than 25 square miles Wednesday, and was only 5 percent contained, threatening homes, hotels and camp buildings.
    Andy Alfaro | AP
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    The Rim Fire burns in the Stanislaus National Forest in California, Tuesday August 20, 2013.
    Andy Alfaro | MCT
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    North Valley Animal Disaster Group Maureen Milligh (left) helps Catherine and Jim Berglund (left to right) transport their two horses Mojo and Gretta from the mandatory evacuation areas around the Swedes Fire southeast of Oroville that were expanded just after noon Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 in Oroville, Calif.
    Jason Halley | AP
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    Smoke rises in the forest west of Hurleton Swedes Flat Road in the mandatory evacuation areas around the Swedes Fire southeast of Oroville that were expanded just after noon Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 in Oroville, Calif.
    Jason Halley | AP
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    El Medio firefighters Capt. Donald Robinson, Alex Otani and Brenden Perez (left to right) watch the flames reaching close to the home of Glenn Bentley along Chinese Wall Road as the Swedes Fire burned along Swedes Flat Road, in the vicinity of Chinese Wall Road, just east or Oro Bangor Highway Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 in Oroville, Calif. Over 200 acres were burned with at least one structure lost.
    Jason Halley | AP
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    Cal Fire engineer Troy Hand moves a hose line as the protect a structure along Chinese Wall Rd. as the Swedes Fire burned along Swedes Flat Road, in the vicinity of Chinese Wall Road, just east or Oro Bangor Highway Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 in Oroville, Calif. Over 200 acres were burned with at least one structure lost.
    Jason Halley | AP
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    Glenn Bentley, left, talks to El Medio firefighter Corey Diaz, right, about the flames reaching close to his home along Chinese Wall Road as the Swedes Fire burned along Swedes Flat Road, in the vicinity of Chinese Wall Road, just east or Oro Bangor Highway Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 in Oroville, Calif. Over 200 acres were burned with at least one structure lost.
    Jason Halley | AP
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    The Swedes Fire burns into the night as seen from Oro View Drive Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 in Oroville, Calif. Over 200 acres were burned with at least one structure lost.
    Jason Halley | AP
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