Watch an Eerily Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of California's Rim Fire

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 29 2013 10:06 AM

Watch an Eerily Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of California's Massive Rim Fire

Courtesy of the Yosemite National Park, here is a time-lapse video of the massive Rim fire that has already ravaged more than 187,000 acres of bush and timber, and destroyed more than 100 structures since it began nearly two weeks ago. The massive wildfire, already one of the largest in California history, expanded to 301 square miles on Wednesday, although firefighters on the ground say they are now hopeful that they've turned the corner in their fight and expect to have the blaze fully surround within the next three weeks.* (Yes, you read that right: When you're dealing with a wildfire this large, that's what counts as optimism.) At the moment, the blaze is about 30 percent contained.

*Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly reported that the fire expanded another 300-odd square miles Wednesday. The fire grew to 301 square miles.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.