Rim Fire Update

The Los Angeles Times reports that the rate of spread of the massive Rim fire burning near Yosemite National Park in California has slowed in recent days and firefighters expect to have it fully contained by September 10.

As of August 29, CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) reports that the fire, which started August 17, has burned 192,737 acres and is 30 percent contained.

At least 111 structures have been destroyed by the fire, which is reported to be the sixth largest in California history.

Check out I.I.I. facts and statistics on wildfires for more info.

Here are two NASA satellite images of the fire,  showing its impact on the landscape and atmosphere.

The first shows the plume of carbon monoxide pollution from the Rim Fire now extends into Canada. The second measures the height of the smoke plumes from the fire, showing that the smoke particles have reached altitudes as high as four miles.


A time lapse video of the fire posted by the Yosemite blog is currently going viral.

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