Rim Fire containment expected in October 

click to enlarge Firefighters move douse a spot fire while battling the Rim Fire on August 24, 2013 in Yosemite National Park. - JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Firefighters move douse a spot fire while battling the Rim Fire on August 24, 2013 in Yosemite National Park.

A massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park since last month is 84 percent contained, with full containment now predicted to occur by Oct. 1, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The Rim Fire, which started Aug. 17 at Jawbone Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest before spreading into Yosemite, had consumed 257,126 acres as of Sunday, officials said.

Containment was initially predicted to occur by Sept. 20, but that date has since been pushed back.

The fire has destroyed structures including 11 homes and 98 outbuildings, along with the Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp, and caused 10 injuries, officials said. It also damaged hydroelectric powerhouses and power transmission lines owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Saturday's rains and higher humidity in the area may limit the fire's spread, but also caused some erosion and falls of rock and debris in the burned areas, forest service officials said.

The fire has cost $122 million to fight so far, officials said.

At one point, it was burning around the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. There had been some concern about soot affecting the water, but it has passed all cleanliness tests.

— Staff, wire report

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