Yosemite wildfire devours national park

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

satellite image Rim Fire
Satellite imagery of the Rim Fire.

Nearly 150,000 acres of forest have been burned, as flames spread from their starting point in Stanislaus National Forest, to Tuolumne City, and east into Yosemite National Park.

Called the “Rim Fire” because of its nearness to a lookout point called “Rim of the World” in Stanislaus National Forest, the blaze is being fought by over 3,670 firefighters and is 15% contained as of Monday. Over 4,500 structures are threatened, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as the nation’s largest active forest fire burns at the edges of Yosemite.

Dick Fleishman, of the US Forest Service, says, “It’s the highest priority fire in the country right now because of its location, because Yosemite National Park is at risk. It’s not just a national treasure, it’s a world treasure.”

We wish the firefighters well, and also the poor forest critters running for their lives!

Featured image courtesy of Frank Schulenburg on Wikipedia.