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Rim Fire Becomes Third-Largest Wildfire In California History

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) — As of 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, the Rim Fire was the third-largest wildfire in California’s recorded history.

Here are the Top 10, complete with name, cause, date, location and acreage.

1. CEDAR (HUMAN)
October 2003
San Diego
273,246

2. RUSH (LIGHTNING)
August 2012
Lassen
271,911

3. RIM (UNDER INVESTIGATION)
August 2013
Tuolumne
257,135 (as of 6 p.m. on 9/29/13)

4. ZACA (HUMAN)
July 2007
Santa Barbara
240,207

5. MATILIJA (UNDETERMINED)
September 1932
Ventura
220,000

6. WITCH (POWERLINES)
October 2007
San Diego
197,990

7. KLAMATH THEATER COMPLEX (LIGHTNING) 
June 2008
Siskiyou
192,038

8. MARBLE CONE (LIGHTNING)
July 1977
Monterey
177,866

9. LAGUNA (POWERLINES)
September 1970
San Diego
175,425

10. BASIN COMPLEX (LIGHTNING)
June 2008
Monterey
162,818

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