Rim fire grows to 253K acres; Air Alert issued in valley

09/09/2013 9:50 AM

09/09/2013 9:58 AM

As the Rim fire continues to blaze in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, authorities in the San Joaquin Valley issued an air alert due to rising ozone levels and smoke. The alert, issued by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, is in effect through Wednesday in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties, and part of Kern County.

Updated statistics from the United States Forest Service Monday morning show the fire at 253,332 acres. More than 3,000 firefighters remain at the site.

We will have more on this story later today.

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