Containment of Rim Fire Jumps 15% Overnight

Rim Fire Reaches Size of Chicago, Weather Posing More Challenges

A Cal Fire firefighter looks over the Rim Fire

TULOUMNE COUNTY-

Firefighters battling the Rim Fire were able to get the massive wildfire another 15 percent contained overnight, according to the National Forest Service.

The fire is now 75 percent contained.

Crews cite better conditions, particularly an increased humidity, for the slow of fire activity.

Monday, the National Forest Service said that the fire would be contained on October 20. Tuesday, officials said the October date was online because of a “website glitch,” and that the true expected containment date would be Friday, Sept. 20.

So far, five people have been injured by the fire and 111 structures, including 11 homes, have burned.

The Rim Fire has burned 235,841, or nearly 370 square miles, since starting on August 17.

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