On Aug. 23, the Rim Fire in California continued to burn out of control, threatening some 4,500 houses located on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park. According to United Press International UPI), the raging blaze has doubled in size overnight.
Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as this West coast wildfire has taken on more than 100 square miles of the Golden State. Evacuations were ordered with visitors rushing to get out of the park while California Highway 120, a major thoroughfare that cuts through Yosemite, was shut down.
Regarding the Rim Fire, U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Jerry Snyder said that this smoky disaster, only 2 percent contained, is "growing exponentially."
As that is the case, more than 2,000 firefighters arduously continue to battle the blaze that entered Yosemite National Park in the nighttime hours between Thursday and Friday. To understand how horrific the situation is in and near Yosemite because of the Rim Fire, check out these Getty Images taken on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23.