The fire currently engulfing the Yosemite Rim has been ablaze since Aug. 17 and was allegedly caused by a hunter who could not put out an illegal fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.
More than 4,000 firefighters have been working around the clock to put out the fire that has consumed more than 237,000 acres. The interactive graphic below by OpenDataCity, supported by Wetter.com, shows how fast the flames spread. Currently, the fire is 80% contained. You can also compare the size of the fire as it relates to Manhattan, Sacramento and Berlin. For the most up-to-date fire information, visit InciWeb.
This environmental tragedy reminds us to be mindful of campfires. Build your campfire away from overhanging tree branches, encircle your fire with rocks and keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. Put out the fire completely whenever you leave, making sure to hit even the small embers.