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  • A U.S. Forest Service firefighter moves away from a quickly moving section of the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

      A U.S. Forest Service firefighter moves away from a quickly moving section of the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
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  • The Rim Fire burns in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

      The Rim Fire burns in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
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  • A fire restrictions sign is partially burned away by the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in California. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to the huge fire, one of several blazes burning in or near the nation's national parks and one of 50 major uncontained fires burning across the western U.S.

      A fire restrictions sign is partially burned away by the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in California. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to the huge fire, one of several blazes burning in or near the nation's national parks and one of 50 major uncontained fires burning across the western U.S.
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  • Firefighters battle a wildfire near mile marker 14 on Idaho 21 near Hilltop Cafe northeast of Boise Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013. The blaze was reported to have destroyed two structures. Firefighting efforts saved a home that was clearly surrounded by charred ground.

      Firefighters battle a wildfire near mile marker 14 on Idaho 21 near Hilltop Cafe northeast of Boise Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013. The blaze was reported to have destroyed two structures. Firefighting efforts saved a home that was clearly surrounded by charred ground.
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  • Members of the U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew work to control hot spots at the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013.

      Members of the U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew work to control hot spots at the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013.
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  • Friends Mike Geiser, Rene Auitia, Marcos Lopez, Ashton Humphrey and Nick Ward look out over the Tuolumne River Canyon as the Rim Fire moves east along Highway 120 in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013.

      Friends Mike Geiser, Rene Auitia, Marcos Lopez, Ashton Humphrey and Nick Ward look out over the Tuolumne River Canyon as the Rim Fire moves east along Highway 120 in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013.
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  • In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park  one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S.  more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.

      In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.
    Associated Press

  • A line of evacuees, forced from the Lolo Creek drainage near Lolo, Mont., by the Lolo Creek Complex of fires, passes through a roadblock Tuesday evening, August 20, 2013, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and U.S. Highway 93 South. The fire complex grew to 8,000 acres Tuesday evening forcing more evacuations.

      A line of evacuees, forced from the Lolo Creek drainage near Lolo, Mont., by the Lolo Creek Complex of fires, passes through a roadblock Tuesday evening, August 20, 2013, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and U.S. Highway 93 South. The fire complex grew to 8,000 acres Tuesday evening forcing more evacuations.
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  • A helicopter makes an aerial water drop over the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park nearly quadrupled in size Thursday, prompting officers to warn residents in a gated community to evacuate their homes and leading scores of tourists to leave the area during peak season.

      A helicopter makes an aerial water drop over the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park nearly quadrupled in size Thursday, prompting officers to warn residents in a gated community to evacuate their homes and leading scores of tourists to leave the area during peak season.
    Associated Press

  • A fire attack helicopter drops water along a draw northeast of Hilltop Cafe on Idaho 21 as a bulldozer plows a fire line on the ridge Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013 northeast of Boise. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise raised the wildfire preparedness level Tuesday to the highest level for the first time in five years and listed two central Idaho wildfires as the country's top priorities.

      A fire attack helicopter drops water along a draw northeast of Hilltop Cafe on Idaho 21 as a bulldozer plows a fire line on the ridge Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013 northeast of Boise. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise raised the wildfire preparedness level Tuesday to the highest level for the first time in five years and listed two central Idaho wildfires as the country's top priorities.
    Associated Press

  • U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., looks at the remains of a Lolo Creek home that was destroyed by the West Fork II fire when it swept down the Lolo Creek canyon, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 near Lolo, Mont. The fire burned four other homes as well along the U.S. Highway 12 corridor.

      U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., looks at the remains of a Lolo Creek home that was destroyed by the West Fork II fire when it swept down the Lolo Creek canyon, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 near Lolo, Mont. The fire burned four other homes as well along the U.S. Highway 12 corridor.
    Associated Press

  • Colorado Rural Protection firefighter Molly McGee fights the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

      Colorado Rural Protection firefighter Molly McGee fights the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
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  • In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 photo, traffic on U.S. Highway 12 near Lolo, Mont., retreats to safety from the West Fork II fire that grew from less than 100 acres Monday morning to about 3,500 acres and burned both sides of the highway. Residents had just minutes to evacuate in front of the fast moving fire.

      In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 photo, traffic on U.S. Highway 12 near Lolo, Mont., retreats to safety from the West Fork II fire that grew from less than 100 acres Monday morning to about 3,500 acres and burned both sides of the highway. Residents had just minutes to evacuate in front of the fast moving fire.
    Associated Press

  • Fire rages out of control in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, In California. A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park nearly quadrupled in size Thursday, prompting officers to warn residents in a gated community to evacuate their homes and leading scores of tourists to leave the area during peak season.

      Fire rages out of control in the Stanislaus National Forest Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, In California. A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park nearly quadrupled in size Thursday, prompting officers to warn residents in a gated community to evacuate their homes and leading scores of tourists to leave the area during peak season.
    Associated Press

  • In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Groveland Ranger Station in Groveland, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park  one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S.  more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.

      In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim Fire burns near Groveland Ranger Station in Groveland, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.
    Associated Press

 

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