Yosemite Fire Becomes Third Largest in California History

Yosemite Fire

The Rim fire burning in Yosemite National Park is the third largest in California history. (KTXL)

GROVELAND, Calif. — The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is now the third largest in California history as firefighters planned another attack this weekend.

The blaze, which erupted in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River, has destroyed 111 buildings, including 11 homes and three businesses.

The cost of fighting the fire reached $84.8 million Friday. Six people have been injured. It started when a hunter let his illegal campfire get out of control, federal forest officials said.

About 1,900 structures remain threatened. About 3,600 firefighters are still in the area, down from more than 5,100.

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