Cost of Fighting Rim Fire Hits $100 million

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The cost of battling the massive Rim fire raging in and around Yosemite National Park has reached $100 million, federal fire officials said Monday night.

Firefighters walk a containment line for the Rim fire as it continues to burn near Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest on Friday. (Credit: California Interagency Incident Team)

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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