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Rim Fire: Acres Jump, Containment Drops

TUOLUMNE COUNTY—

There’s no doubt this fire is putting a hurt on Tuolumne County.

From the air or on the ground, pushing back the Rim Fire is proving to be difficult.

In the last few hours Thursday evening, the fire grew 10,000 acres – now at a whopping 63,366 acres and containment barely visible, sitting at only 1%.

The crews are here are setting backfires to protect structures and lives.

The U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire have teamed up to try and keep the flames at bay. But so far their attempts are feeble.

“A lot of areas where crews can’t even access because of terrain,” said Ashley Taylor with the U.S. Forest Service.

This fire moves fast. The good news is that only nine structures have been lost. But even one firefighter who sees this all the time could barely formulate words to describe the rim fire.

“Uh, this is big … This is a going fire,” he said.

And so far it’s been going for almost a week, leaping past containment lines and wiping out anything standing its way.