Rim Fire 84% Contained, Full Containment by October

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    GROVELAND, CA - AUGUST 25: Flames billow from the front of a car that was consumed by the Rim Fire on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 7 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    A massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park since last  month is 84 percent contained, with full containment now predicted by Oct. 1.

    The Rim Fire, which started Aug. 17 at Jawbone Ridge in the  Stanislaus National Forest before spreading into Yosemite, had consumed  257,126 acres as of Sunday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

    Containment was initially predicted to occur by Sept. 20, but that  date has since been pushed back.

    The fire has destroyed structures including 11 homes and 98  outbuildings, as well as the Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp, and caused 10  injuries, officials said. It also damaged San Francisco Public Utility  Commission hydroelectric powerhouses and power transmission lines.

    Saturday's rains and higher humidity in the area may limit the  fire's spread, but also caused some erosion and rock and debris falls in the  burned areas, forest service officials said.

    The fire has cost $122 million to fight so far.