Nearly 10 Weeks and 402 Sq. Mi. Later, Rim Fire Declared Fully Contained
Nearly 10 weeks after it began in mountainous terrain at the edge of Yosemite National Park, the massive Rim Fire was declared fully contained Friday.
The wildfire, which prompted evacuations in mountain communities and shuttered parts of Yosemite, burned more than 257,000 acres, or about 402 square miles.
The blaze began Aug. 17 and became the third-largest wildfire in California history. It burned 114 structures, including 11 homes, according to Cal Fire records.
The wildfire began when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape, authorities said in early September.
The blaze burned through challenging terrain for firefighters, charring and destroying stands of oak and pine and leaving wildlife habitat blackened and 10 people injured.
The firefight had cost more than $127 million as of Friday.
The declaration of containment means firefighters have finally built control lines around the fire’s edge; but some terrain inside the fire area may still burn, authorities said in an online fire incident report.
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which provides water to San Francisco and had been a major cause of concern during the fire’s peak, remained closed, according to the National Park Service.
Several roads, trails and park attractions in the area were still closed as well.