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  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Trees stand scorched by the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Monday August 26, 2013 in, Calif. With winds gusting to 25mph on Sierra, 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.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    A tree stump burns in the Stanislaus National Forest from the Rim Fire along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Monday August 26, 2013 in, Calif. With winds gusting to 25mph on Sierra, 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.

  • Tami Abdollah / AP

    Smoke clouds and bands of haze from the Rim Fire in the western Sierra Nevada loom up some 20 miles behind the famed granite monolith known as Half Dome, right center, seen from 11,500-foot Mt. Clark in Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 24, 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. Containment of the Rim Fire more than doubled to 15 percent, although it was within a mile of the park's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of San Francisco's famously pure drinking water, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/ Tami Abdollah)

  • Jae C. Hong / AP

    A smoke plume from the Rim Fire rises nera Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. A raging wildfire in Yosemite National Park rained ash on the reservoir that is the chief source of San Francisco's famously pure drinking water, and utility officials Monday scrambled to send more water toward the metropolitan area before it becomes tainted. (AP Photo/ Jae C. Hong)

  • Jae C. Hong / AP

    A helicopter reloads fire retardant as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire in Tuolumne City, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. A raging wildfire in Yosemite National Park rained ash on the reservoir that is the chief source of San Francisco's famously pure drinking water, and utility officials Monday scrambled to send more water toward the metropolitan area before it becomes tainted. (AP Photo/ Jae C. Hong)

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Flames from the Rim fire caused the paint to peel off a sign on Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    An area of Stanislaus National Forest lies scarred Monday on the 10th day of the Rim fire, which had consumed 161,000 acres.

20 percent contained, Rim fire continues to grow

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 - 8:06 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 - 8:50 am

The Rim fire raging near Yosemite is 20 percent contained after firefighters made progress early Tuesday in corralling the wild land blaze.

The fire continues to grow, however, with 179,481 acres burned as of this morning. The Rim fire is the seventh-largest wildfire ever in California.

At least 3,700 firefighters are putting in long hours to extinguish the Rim fire and protect thousands of homes in Tuolumne County.

That is just part of the more than 9,300 state, local and federal firefighters battling 10 major wildfires across the state. Most of the big fires are scorching federal land, but Cal Fire and local fire departments are helping to contain the blazes.

In Placer County, the American fire northeast of Foresthill is 88 percent contained. A total of 24,935 acres have burned.

So far this year, Cal Fire has responded to more than 5,000 wildfires.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. Follow him on Twitter @Lindelofnews.

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