Maria Benech of the U.S. Forest Service surveys a severely burned patch of forest. Almost 40 percent of the burned area looks similar.
August 18, 2014 This third-largest wildfire in California's history struck the area near Yosemite National Park. Since then, controversy has broken out over whether to log the trees and replant seedlings.
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A charred tree rests on the forest floor after being sawn down to a stump Friday. Firefighters are still working to contain the Rim Fire, which is now the third-largest wildfire in California's history.
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September 7, 2013 The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say, but it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions.
A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Saturday near Groveland, California.
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September 5, 2013 At its peak, the Rim Fire threatened San Francisco's water supply and Yosemite's ancient sequoias.
Flames from the Rim Fire in the hills behind Tuolumne City, Calif., on Wednesday.
August 29, 2013 Though the massive fire around Yosemite National Park is now 30 percent contained, it will take more time to surround the blaze. Meanwhile, smoke is making the air unhealthy to breathe across a large area of Northern California and Nevada.
A charred caution sign just outside of California's Yosemite National Park.
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August 28, 2013 The huge "Rim Fire" in and around Yosemite National Park is close to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that serves San Francisco. While falling ash hasn't seriously polluted the waters yet, there's concern that erosion from scorched hillsides will cause problems for the water supply in coming months.
A view of California's Rim Fire from the cockpit of a California Air National Guard tanker plane.
August 27, 2013 California Air National Guard crews battling the huge blaze have taken some amazing videos as they pass over the flames and smoke.
This image was taken by the Suomi NPP satellite's Day-Night Band around 0950Z on August 23, 2013.
August 26, 2013 The night-time shot shows the fire, which has burned an area the size of Chicago, looking as bright as San Francisco.
Some of the flames Saturday as the "Rim Fire" spread near Northern California's Yosemite National Park.
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August 26, 2013 The huge fire is threatening some of San Francisco's power and water services. Southern California Public Radio has put together a multimedia tool to follow the fire and the fight to bring it under control.
August 25, 2013 The towering sequoias only grow on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and are among the most ancient living things on Earth.
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