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Rim Fire’s cost reaches $100M

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POSTED September 10, 2013 9:00 p.m.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Federal fire officials say the cost of fighting the Rim Fire that has burned across nearly 400 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park has reached $100 million.

The cost has been run up as firefighters have struggled in hot and very dry conditions since the blaze erupted on Aug. 17. It is now 80 percent contained.

Authorities say the blaze was caused by a hunter's campfire.

The fire has destroyed nearly a dozen homes and almost 100 outbuildings.

More than 3,000 firefighters are still battling the flames.

 

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