Lair of the Golden Bear camp evacuated due to Rim Fire

Smoke from the Rim Fire hangs over Lake Pinecrest, near the Lair of the Golden Bear camp.
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Smoke from the Rim Fire hangs over Lake Pinecrest, near the Lair of the Golden Bear camp.

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Campers and staff members at the Cal Alumni Association’s Lair of the Golden Bear camp were evacuated Thursday due to a nearby wildfire, according to a press release from the association.

An air quality issue was released Thursday, and by early Friday morning, the Rim Fire had moved close to 15 miles from the camp. The fire doubled in size between Thursday and Friday and now covers more than 150 square miles.

“Right now, we have ash falling from the sky,” said Michael Yaley, director of the Lair of the Golden Bear, in the statement.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the blaze began burning across Yosemite’s western boundary Friday. There are 2,000 firefighters on scene, and 2 percent of the fire has been contained so far.

Daphne Chen is a news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @dchen_dc.

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