Thursday, September 05, 2013

Hunter Suspected of Starting The Rim Wildfire

The hunter who authorities allege started the destructive Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has not been arrested or charged at this time.  The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that the hunter started an illegal fire that got out of control.  The hunter has been identified and his name is being withheld pending further investigation.

The Rim fire began Aug. 17 near Jawbone Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River off California 120. It has burned 237,341 acres, or 370 square miles. About a quarter of the fire – and where it continues to spread – is within Yosemite National Park. More than 5,100 firefighters were battling the flames at their peak. 

The Rim fire has destroyed 111 buildings, including 11 residences. It has so far cost $72 million to fight.  (L.A. Times, 9/5/2013)

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