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Rim Fire from the Air

Rim Fire from the Air

Aerial view of the Rim Fire shot last week by the California National Guard. You can see the vast expanse of the fire… miles and miles long to the horizon, and the height of the flames. Currently the fire is now the 6th largest in California’s history. As the plane slows for its drop of fire retardant, the landing gear warning system is activated.

The dry winter along with the dense, small diameter trees created by decades of fire suppression, make ideal conditions for a catastrophic wildfire such as this. This week’s cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and lighter winds are giving firefighters the edge they needed to get ahead of the flames. As of today the blaze is 30 percent contained, and full containment is now expected by Sept. 10, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The area is highly valued for recreation and scenery, and neither will be the same for decades. Hydrophobic soils that follow after a high intensity burn such as this threaten the water quality of two Congressionally designated Wild and Scenic rivers (the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers) and Hetch Hetchy, the primary water source for Bay Area residents. However, the fire will open up the area for new species of flora and fauna, including aspen, bear, deer.

For the latest info visit InciWeb and the Yosemite National Park website

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