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Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park

Updated 8:23 PM ET, Wed September 4, 2013
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A Hotshot crew member rests near a controlled burn at Horseshoe Meadows as crews continue to fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California on Wednesday, September 4. The massive wildfire has burned over 280,000 acres and is now 80% contained, according to a state fire spokesman. Mike McMillian/U.S. Forest Service/AP
California Highway 120 is cleared of debris as crews continue to fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite on September 4. Mike McMillian/U.S. Forest Service/AP
A member of the Bureau of Land Management's Silver State Hotshot crew walks through a burn operation on the southern flank of the Rim Fire on Friday, August 30. Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service/AP
BLM Silver State Hotshot crew members perform burn operations on the southern flank of the fire on August 30. Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service/AP
A firefighter takes a break from battling the Rim Fire near Groveland, California, on August 28. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Firefighters from Sacramento Metro burn around an old cabin in Ackerson Meadow near Yosemite National Park on August 28. Al Golub/UPI/LANDOV
Smoke from the Rim Fire drifts past cattle in a field near Yosemite National Park on August 28. Jae C. Hong/AP
Firefighter Russell Mitchell monitors the situation during the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday, August 27. Jae C. Hong/AP
A videographer records the flames burning through trees as the Rim Fire menaces Yosemite National Park on August 27. Jae C. Hong/AP
Firetrucks drive through heavy smoke generated by the Rim Fire near Yosemite on August 27. Jae C. Hong/AP
Sacramento Metropolitan firefighter John Graf monitors the Rim Fire line near Camp Mather, California, on Monday, August 26. MAX WHITTAKER/REUTERS/LANDOV
A firefighter stands on top of a fire truck at a campground destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park on August 26. The massive wildfire grew during the week and became the 5th largest in state history, state fire authorities said. Jae C. Hong/AP
Flames from the Rim Fire destroy trees on Sunday, August 25, near Groveland, California. The fire had consumed nearly 219,000 acres as of Saturday, August 31. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service firefighter Corey Adams sits on a tree stump as he monitors the Rim Fire near Groveland on August 25. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Fierce flames from the Rim Fire burn near Groveland, not far from Yosemite National Park. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
U.S. Forest Service firefighters take a break from battling the Rim Fire at Camp Mather on August 25. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Trees burned by the Rim Fire stand charred on August 25 in Yosemite National Park. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A burned car sits on the side of the road near Groveland on August 25. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A Cal Fire firefighter monitors the Rim Fire as it burns through a stand of trees near Groveland on August 25. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A firefighter douses flames of the Rim Fire in Groveland, near Yosemite National Park, on Saturday, August 24. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The Rim Fire burns just outside Yosemite on August 24. A top priority is stopping the fire from spreading further into the national park. MAX WHITTAKER/REUTERS/LANDOV
Smoke and flames move along a ridge just outside Yosemite National Park on August 24. MAX WHITTAKER/REUTERS/LANDOV
El Dorado Hills firefighters work to douse a hotspot in Yosemite National Park on August 24. Nearly 5,000 firefighters are attempting to bring the fast-moving fire under control. MAX WHITTAKER/REUTERS/LANDOV
A firefighter douses a spot fire, as he battles the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Firefighters move in to douse a spot fire on August 24. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A cow walks through a section of forest that was scorched by the Rim Fire outside of Camp Mather on August 24, near Groveland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A truck sits scorched outside of Yosemite National Park on August 24. Jim Castel/CNN
Some 2,600 of firefighters were battling the out-of-control Rim Fire on August 24. Jim Cstel/CNN
Smoke and flame blot out the horizon as the Rim Fire approaches Yosemite Lake near Groveland, California on Friday, August 23. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Charred siding is all that remains of a building consumed by the fire. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Flames eat up trees as the fire continues to burn out of control on August 23. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A coyote walks across U.S. Highway 120, shut down due to the fire, near Groveland, California, on August 23. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Smoke from the Rim Fire is seen near Hardin Flat outside Yosemite National Park on August 23. NOAH BERGER/EPA/LANDOV
A firefighting crew puts out a spot fire that jumped a fire line in Yosemite National Park on August 23. NOAH BERGER/EPA/LANDOV
Giant plumes of smoke rise up from the Rim Fire near the border of Yosemite National Park on August 23. MAX WHITTAKER/Reuters/LANDOV
A firefighter from Cosumnes Fire Department monitors a back fire while battling the Rim Fire on August 22, in Groveland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The Rim Fire has burned 105,620 acres, spreading from Stanislaus National Forest to part of Yosemite, Forest Service on Friday, August 23, spokesman Bjorn Fredrickson said. U.S. Foest Service
An air tanker drops fire retardant on a ridge ahead of the advancing Rim Fire on August 22, in Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and has entered Yosemite National Park. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A firefighter from the Colorado-based South Arkansas Fire District carries a hose as he monitors the Rim Fire on August 22, in Groveland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Los Angeles County firefighters hike in on a fire line on the Rim Fire near Groveland, California, on August 22. REUTERS /MAX WHITTAKER /LANDOV
A Tuolumne County sheriff's deputy looks at an incident map of the Rim Fire on August 22, in Groveland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The Rim Fire burns close to Groveland Ranger Station near Yosemite National Park, California, on August 22. U.S.Forest Service
A Marin County firefighter works to put out a spot fire that jumped a fire line on the Rim Fire near Groveland, California, August 22. REUTERS /MAX WHITTAKER /LANDOV
Sunlight filters through smoke in a grove of trees burned by the Rim Fire on August 22, in Groveland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Smoke from the Rim Fire is visible near the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on August 22, in Yosemite National Park, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and entered Yosemite National Park on Friday. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images