mountains en Near the Rim Fire, Some Residents Decide to Stay Put <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rim Fire is now the <a href="">seventh largest wildfire</a> in California history, growing to nearly 180,000 acres overnight. Over 3,700 firefighters are battling the blaze which is now 20 percent contained. It has destroyed 111 structures, with many more threatened. Late yesterday officials expanded the evacuation area, as the fire continues to spread to the east and southeast. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:41:32 +0000 Joe Moore 20664 at Near the Rim Fire, Some Residents Decide to Stay Put Plague Found in Animals in California's Mountain Regions <p>California health officials are alerting people to protect themselves from plague after animals in Northern and Southern California tested positive for bacteria that cause the disease.</p><p>El Dorado County officials say there may be elevated plague risk in the South Lake Tahoe area after a chipmunk was found positive at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.</p><p>Dr. Vicki Kramer of the California Department of Public Health says the finding isn’t cause for alarm, but it’s a reminder to take precautions.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:16:05 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 5368 at