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PHOTOS: This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

August 28, 2013 08:37 IST

PHOTOS: This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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For over 10 days now, 3,700 firefighters have been battling the massive wildfire near California’s Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire has scorched 1,34,000 acres, an area approximately the size of Chicago.

The fire continues to grow in size, but firemen claim to have been making progress.
As of now, 20 per cent of it has been contained.

So huge is the fire that NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg is keeping track of it from outer space.


A look at the biggest wildfire on record in California's history, in pictures.

A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently five per cent contained.

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Photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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This natural-colour satellite image of the drought-fueled Rim Fire was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, aboard NASA's Terra satellite on August 25.

The fire began on August 17 and continues to burn on the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and Bureau of Land Management and state responsibility land. Over 224 square miles have been affected.  

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Photographs: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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Firefighters use a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire near Groveland, California.

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Photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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Fire from the Rim Fire consumes trees near Groveland, California. Over 3,700 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park.

 

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Photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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A burned car sits on the side of the road after being consumed by the Rim Fire near Groveland.

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Photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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The Rim Fire burns near Buck Meadows, California.

A fast-moving wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the closure of two more areas of the park, but an official said on Saturday he was cautiously optimistic that firefighters could halt the advance of flames.

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Photographs: Max Whittaker/Reuters

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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Sacramento Metropolitan firefighter Matt Owston works the Rim Fire line near Camp Mather, California.

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Photographs: Max Whittaker/Reuters

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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Fire trucks drive along Highway 120 while fighting the Rim Fire near Buck Meadows, California.

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Photographs: Max Whittaker/Reuters

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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Los Angeles County firefighters hike in on a fire line on the Rim Fire near Groveland, California.

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Photographs: Max Whittaker/Reuters

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant on a ridge ahead of the advancing Rim Fire in Groveland, California.

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Photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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A firefighting helicopter prepares to drop water on the Rim Fire near Groveland.

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Photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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This GIANT wildfire, seen from space, rages 10 days on

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A Murphys Fire District firefighter stops his vehicle as a massive wall of fire from the Rim Fire consumes trees along a highway  near Groveland, California.

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Photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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