mapboxThe Rim Fire, which started in mid-August 2013, was one of the largest wildfires in California’s history. It took more than a month to put out, during which it burned one thousand square kilometers, or a quarter of a million acres. In today’s Landsat 8 image, they appear in grays and browns against the green forest and white snow of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unpredictable winds made it spread erraticly, and more than 5,000 firefighters were involved in the efforts to control it. Despite its vast scale, no one was killed, and it only destroyed about a dozen homes. Part of it burned within Yosemite National Park, but those areas have reopened to the public as of this month. On the whole, with management by the Park Service and other expert ecologists, the area is expected to recover relatively quickly considering scope of the fire.
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