Rim Fire Is The 5th Largest Fire In California History

The Rim Fire is now the 5th largest fire in California history. As the flames continue to spread, some evacuees are back home Friday tonight. The evacuation advisories for Tuolumne City, Soulsbyville and Willow Springs have been lifted.

The California National Guard and Air Force are helping firefighters fight the flames. Twenty helicopters and tankers are dropping water on the fire. Firefighters say they are relying heavily on helicopters and tankers, because the terrain is so rugged and hard to reach.

More than 4900 firefighters are on the front lines of the fire. They say they are focusing on keeping the fire from continuing its spread into Yosemite National Park.

According to the Incident Information System website the Rim Fire is 32% contained and more than 4500 structures are threatened. The price tag for the fire is more than $39-million.

Here's a look at the list of California's largest fires:

  1. Cedar Fire - 2003 - 273,246 Acres
  2. Rush Fire - 2012 - 240,207 Acres
  3. Zaca Fire - 2007 - 240,207 Acres
  4. Matilija Fire - 1932 - 220,000 Acres
  5. Rim Fire - 2013 - 213,414