GROVELAND, Calif. — Each time the breeze picked up, Lee Bentley of the U.S. Forest Service squinted and took a look at the smoke cloud forming over the Rim fire.
Conditions on Sunday were eerily similar to how one of the largest wildfires in recent California history exploded in the first place.
It was first spotted on a ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17 by a plane flying to another small fire. An air team was called in and dropped water until nightfall.
“Things looked good. We were feeling we had it pretty much under control,” Bentley said.
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