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A member of the Monterey Hotshots carries a gas can near a burn operation on the southern flank of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Yosemite fire rages through national park

As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias.

Firefighters, right, watch over a burn operation on
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Firefighters, right, watch over a burn operation on the southern flank of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California. (Aug. 30, 2013)

A member of the Bureau of Land Management
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A member of the Bureau of Land Management Silver State Hotshot crew from Elko, Nev. stands by a burn operation on the southern flank of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California. (Aug. 30, 2013)

A member of the Bureau of Land Management
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A member of the Bureau of Land Management Silver State Hotshot crew from Elko, Nevada, walks through a burn operation on the southern flank of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in Calif. (Aug. 30, 2013)

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A member of the Monterey Hotshots carries a
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A member of the Monterey Hotshots carries a gas can near a burn operation on the southern flank of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California. (Aug. 30, 2013)

The Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park
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The Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park in California. (Aug. 23, 2013)

The Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park
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The Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park in California. (Aug. 23, 2013)

A firefighter from Cosumnes Fire Department monitors a
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A firefighter from Cosumnes Fire Department monitors a back fire while battling the Rim Fire in Groveland, California. (Aug. 22, 2013)

A plume of smoke from the Rim Fire
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A plume of smoke from the Rim Fire rises above an out building near Groveland, California. (Aug. 23, 2013)

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Trees burned by the Rim Fire are seen
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Trees burned by the Rim Fire are seen at Camp Mather near Groveland, California. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Siding sits in the rubble of a building
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Siding sits in the rubble of a building destroyed by the Rim Fire near Groveland, California. (Aug, 23, 2013)

A road sign melts after being burned by
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A road sign melts after being burned by the Rim Fire near Groveland, Calif. (Aug. 23, 2013)

The Rim Fire burns close to Groveland Ranger
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The Rim Fire burns close to Groveland Ranger Station near Yosemite National Park, Calif. (Aug. 23, 2013)

The Rim Fire burns close to Groveland Ranger
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The Rim Fire burns close to Groveland Ranger Station near Yosemite National Park, California. (Aug. 23, 2013)

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A plume of smoke rises from a ridge
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A plume of smoke rises from a ridge as the Rim Fire approaches Yosemite Lakes near Groveland, California. (Aug. 23, 2013)

A firefighter uses a hose to mop up
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A firefighter uses a hose to mop up hot spots from the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, California. (Aug. 23, 2013)

A Tuolumne County firefighter looks up at burned
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A Tuolumne County firefighter looks up at burned trees as he mops up hot spots from a back fire while battling the Rim Fire at Camp Mather near Groveland, California. (Aug. 23, 2013)

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