The blaze has charred 253,332 acres — or 396 square miles — of brush and timber after erupting in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17, fire officials said. The blaze is 80% contained.
The U.S. Forest Service said firefighters faced hot and very dry conditions Monday as flames tore through pockets of unburned vegetation around Thompson Peak and on the south edge of the fire.
Officials have said the massive fire was caused by a hunter who lost control of his campfire.
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