Fire one of California’s biggest ever


The wildfire threatening Yosemite National Park grew Tuesday to become California’s seventh biggest ever, as firefighters battled to protect San Francisco’s main water supply.

The so-called Rim Fire now covers some 73,000 hectares — an area bigger than Chicago — and was still only 20 percent contained, albeit up from 15 percent on Monday.

A main road into Yosemite, one of America’s top tourist draws, remains closed as more than 3,700 firefighters battle the flames.