The Rim Fire reached 200K acres on Friday, which is larger than the cities of San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland combined. The fifth largest fire in California’s history is so massive, NASA satellites can see it from space.
People in the small community of Tuolumne City, just west of Yosemite National Park, have stepped up to help their neighbors. Animal groups and individuals in the rural outpost of 1,800 residents are helping animals in need.
The shelter and Humane Society of Tuolumne County are providing temporary homes for about 100 companion animals. Humane Society employees are working double shifts, and an additional staff member was hired to help out. Animal Control is working longer hours to assist people and their animals.
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse volunteers are caring for dozens of horses, panicked by the smoke. Members of the community have offered to take in horses on their ranches as well.
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The Yosemite Conservancy has set up a Yosemite Fire Restoration Fund to help restore habitat, trails and facilities in Yosemite National Park. Donations will go directly to restoring areas damaged by the fire, and are 100% tax deductible.
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