Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest, the fourth-largest wildfire in California’s history, was 75 percent contained as of Tuesday, according to fire officials.
The fire slowed down as it hit granite cliffs and high-elevation lakes as well as trenches and burn lines engineered by firefighters to stop the flames near the foothill towns along Highway 108, the officials said.
The fire continues to grow and has burned 370 square miles or 235,841 acres as of Tuesday.
About 4,359 firefighters are trying to control the fire that has reached the western flanks of the Yosemite National Park and still threatens 4,500 homes, including those in the fire’s west side. Communities in the fire’s northern edge are under evacuation advisory.
Yosemite Valley remains unaffected.
Rain and cooler temperature predicted on Tuesday are expected to help firefighters make further gains in the coming days.
The Rim Fire started on Aug. 17 and its cause is still being investigated.