Calif. Rim Wildfire Claims Small Plot of Land Inside Yosemite National Park | NECN

Calif. Rim Wildfire Claims Small Plot of Land Inside Yosemite National Park

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    Crews have 20-percent of the fire contained but it's still fanning out across the mountains in multiple directions (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN/NBC News: Jay Gray) – There are new numbers from the massive California rim wildfire. Crews now have 20-percent of the fire contained but it is still fanning out across the mountains in multiple directions and the forecast calls for strong winds over the next couple of days.

    Tuolumne is one of the towns along the edge of the blaze.

    Smoke fills the air and flames cover the mountains as the massive wildfire continues to burn out of control, searing more than 150,000 acres and reducing at least 11 homes to charred lumber and ash.

    Corinna Loh's family lost two houses on their spinning wheel ranch.

    And there's little left on 80-year-old Lewis Paden's land.

    "This was the main cabin here," he recalls.

    It was a cabin his father built just outside Yosemite National Park.

    Inside the park, the fire has claimed a small but growing plot of land, miles from camp grounds and tourist sites, which officials say are safe and still open though some of the wildlife has been pushed to safer grounds, like so much and so many here forced to run from the flames.