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Massive Yosemite blaze traced back to illegal camp fire

Digital writers

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 6:57 PM -

Authorities have identified the source of the massive "Rim" fire in Yosemite park which has destroyed more than 95 hectares in northern California.

Aerial shot of Yosemite fire. Courtesy: California National Guard

Aerial shot of Yosemite fire. Courtesy: California National Guard

Investigators have traced the blaze back to a hunter's illegal campfire got out of control.

The hunter has been identified, but his name is being withheld pending further investigation, according to authorities. He has not been arrested.

The Rim fire, which has burned into Yosemite National Park, is one of the largest wildfires in California's history. So far, it has cost $81 million to combat the blaze, which is now about 80% contained.

A fire ban had been in place for more than a week before the blaze sparked.

In some instances, people found guilty of starting wildfires in California have been sued by the state.

With files from the CBC

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