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Officials: Massive Rim Fire Nearly Contained

The mammoth Rim fire, which burned into the western portion of Yosemite National Park while scorching large swaths of the Stanislaus National Forest, is inching closer to its end.

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Soil scientist Todd J. Ellsworth of U.S. Forest Service surveys the burned area of the Stanislaus National Forest in Sonora, Calif., on Sept. 13. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire is now 92% contained after consuming 402 square miles. Full containment is expected Sunday, they added.

Fire activity continues to be limited to “isolated smoldering” within the fire containment lines, according to an incident update posted by the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire started Aug. 17, ignited by a hunter’s illegal campfire, officials said. The effects of blaze are likely to be long lasting, transforming parts of the Stanislaus National Forest for decades to come.

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