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Rim fire now 60 percent contained, plus more fire facts *

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Sign posted Sunday along U.S. 395 in the Eastern Sierra community of Lee Vining. LA Observed photo.

* Monday morning 9-2 update: Now 60 percent contained at 228,670 acres.

Original post:

The Rim fire smoke lifted from the Eastern Sierra today after laying down over the Mammoth Lakes area on Saturday. But on Sunday smoke became an issue in Yosemite Valley, in the Wawona area of the park and in Foresta. The fire that began west of Yosemite National Park has burned 224,777 acres (or 351 square miles) as of tonight. Crews have the wildfire 45 percent contained, and with more favorable weather and wind conditions are predicting full containment on Sept. 20. Within the fire zone the flames may burn until first snow or a heavy rainfall.

Here's the latest fact sheet from the incident command post, posted about 20 minutes ago. This is what the reporters and listicle makers work from.

Rim Fire Fact Sheet
1 September 2013
Day 16


Acreage: 222,777

Square miles: 348.1

Largest wildfire in the United States to date in 2013
(Second largest to date in 2013: Lime Hills Fire, Alaska 201,809 acres)

No. 1-ranked on national wildland firefighting priority list

Fourth largest California wildfire in records dating to 1932

The four largest recorded California wildfires have all occurred since 2003

Personnel currently on incident: 5,115

States that have sent firefighters or other personnel: 42 and the District of Columbia

Cal Fire geographical units that have sent personnel: 20 of 21

Completed containment line: 96.7 miles

Completed dozer line: 139.9 miles

Hand line: 5 miles

Road Used as Line: 17.1 miles

Total acres burned in California to date in 2013: 487,921

Rim Fire acres as a proportion of burned acres in California: 45.7 percent

Fire retardant dropped: 1.7 million gallons

Water dropped: 1.4 million gallons

Acreage in Yosemite National Park: 60,214

Proportion of the fire burning in Yosemite National Park: 27 percent

Proportion of Yosemite National Park within the fire perimeter: 7.9 percent

Size of the fire area: More than five times the size of Washington, D.C.

Hot meals served: Breakfasts: 36,766 Dinners: 34,395

Pounds of firefighter laundry washed: 11,643


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