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Rim Fire Near Yosemite Remains 80% Contained

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The 246,350 acre Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park remains 80% contained - with full containment still expected September 20th. 

On Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service announced a hunter started the illegal fire, and allowed it to spread. No arrests have been made, and the hunter's name is being withheld pending further investigation.

Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds both located along Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed. The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.

There are currently no mandatory or advisory evacuation orders effective in Mariposa or Tuolumne Counties however there are roads that remain closed. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows is still evacuated.

The Washoe County Health District says our air quality remains in the moderate range, but it could change at any time.

Visit www.ourcleanair.com and www.airnow.gov for additional air quality information or call the Air Quality Hotline at 785-4110.
 
As for outdoor athletic activities, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association says after meeting with its own office staff, it made the decision "to reliquish the lead on cancellation of game(s), contest(s) or match(es)" to individual districts and school administrative staff. It said in the beginning, NIAA felt it necessary to take the lead to clear up some uncertainities. NIAA says it's now up to the districts and schools to make their own game reschedules or relocations.
 
On Wednesday, NIAA canceled several outdoor practices, games in several Nevada and eastern California counties.

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