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The Rim fire is one of the largest blazes on record in California, a state known for frequent summer wildfires. Emergency crews continue to battle the Rim fire from dawn until dusk — and often beyond.

  • Firefighters wake up at the crack of dawn in a tent camp at the Rim fire base camp near Groveland, Calif., Monday.

    Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / MCT

    Firefighters wake up at the crack of dawn in a tent camp at the Rim fire base camp near Groveland, Calif., Monday.

  • Firefighters line up for breakfast at camp at sunrise.

    Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / MCT

    Firefighters line up for breakfast at camp at sunrise.

  • Smoke clouds and bands of haze from the Rim fire in the western Sierra Nevada in Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, Calif., Saturday. Crews battling the blaze gained some ground Monday against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias. Containment of the Rim fire more than doubled to 15 percent, although it was within a mile of the park's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of San Francisco's famously pure drinking water, officials said Monday.

    Tami Abdollah / The Associated Press

    Smoke clouds and bands of haze from the Rim fire in the western Sierra Nevada in Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, Calif., Saturday. Crews battling the blaze gained some ground Monday against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias. Containment of the Rim fire more than doubled to 15 percent, although it was within a mile of the park's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of San Francisco's famously pure drinking water, officials said Monday.

  • Smoke from the Rim fire blots out the sun where firefighters managed to save a cattle ranch from destruction near Yosemite National Park.

    Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / MCT

    Smoke from the Rim fire blots out the sun where firefighters managed to save a cattle ranch from destruction near Yosemite National Park.

  • Los Angeles County firefighters walk past two Bombardier CL-415 Super Scooper firefighting planes parked at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles Monday. The aircraft, on lease from Quebec, arrived in Los Angeles County to bolster the fire department's efforts against wildfires.

    Nick Ut / The Associated Press

    Los Angeles County firefighters walk past two Bombardier CL-415 Super Scooper firefighting planes parked at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles Monday. The aircraft, on lease from Quebec, arrived in Los Angeles County to bolster the fire department's efforts against wildfires.

  • A Canadian Bombardier CL-415 Super Scooper firefighting plane drops water during a demonstration at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles Monday.

    Nick Ut / The Associated Press

    A Canadian Bombardier CL-415 Super Scooper firefighting plane drops water during a demonstration at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles Monday.

  • A fire truck drives past burning trees near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday.

    Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press

    A fire truck drives past burning trees near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday.

  • Firefighter Dusty LaChapelle from the El Dorado County Fire Department moves away from flames from the fast-moving Rim fire near Yosemite National Park.

    Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / MCT

    Firefighter Dusty LaChapelle from the El Dorado County Fire Department moves away from flames from the fast-moving Rim fire near Yosemite National Park.

  • Firefighter A.J. Tevis watches the flames of the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday.

    Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press

    Firefighter A.J. Tevis watches the flames of the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday.

  • The Rim fire burns along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday.

    Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press

    The Rim fire burns along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday.

  • Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Highway 120 east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim fire Saturday.

    Elias Funez / Modesto Bee / MCT

    Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Highway 120 east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim fire Saturday.

  • A helicopter drops water over a hot spot while battling the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday.

    Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press

    A helicopter drops water over a hot spot while battling the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday.

  • Firefighters douse hot spots amid the smoldering ruins of the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Groveland, Calif., Monday. The 1922 village of cabins and a large dining hall on the Tuolumne River that once served 4000 people annually were almost totally destroyed by the massive, uncontrolled Rim fire. All guests had been evacuated. ()

    Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / MCT

    Firefighters douse hot spots amid the smoldering ruins of the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Groveland, Calif., Monday. The 1922 village of cabins and a large dining hall on the Tuolumne River that once served 4000 people annually were almost totally destroyed by the massive, uncontrolled Rim fire. All guests had been evacuated. ()

  • A firefighter surveys the smoldering ruins of the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Groveland, Calif. on Monday.

    Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / MCT

    A firefighter surveys the smoldering ruins of the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Groveland, Calif. on Monday.

  • A burned SUV sits in front of a campground destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday.

    Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press

    A burned SUV sits in front of a campground destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday.

  • Paint peels from a sign burned in the Rim fire in the Stanislaus National Forest along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park.

    Paul Kitagaki Jr. / Sacramento Bee / MCT

    Paint peels from a sign burned in the Rim fire in the Stanislaus National Forest along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park.

  • Sacramento River Fire District Captain Jerry Winters, 61, rests at base camp before the start of the night shift with Engineer Scott Stanfield fighting the Rim fire in the Stanislaus National Forest.

    Paul Kitagaki Jr. / Sacramento Bee / MCT

    Sacramento River Fire District Captain Jerry Winters, 61, rests at base camp before the start of the night shift with Engineer Scott Stanfield fighting the Rim fire in the Stanislaus National Forest.

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