Merced Grove cabin covered in metal foil by CalFire crews, Yosemite National Park, California, National Park Service
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in California history.
CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Sunday that the 2-week-old Rim Fire claimed the spot as it grew to 348 square miles Saturday.
A 1932 blaze that scorched 344 square miles in Ventura County previously stood as the state's fourth-largest wildfire.
A 427-square-mile fire in San Diego County that killed 14 people a decade ago tops the list.
Although the current wildfire still is growing, fire officials say it was 40 percent contained as of Sunday, up from 35 percent a day earlier.
Meanwhile, the dense smoke that obscured Yosemite's majestic views for the first time on Saturday and prompted air quality warnings was starting to ease.
Although park officials are advising visitors to avoid heavy exertion, a park spokeswoman says she has seen people outside running "and enjoying Yosemite, despite the smoke."