Tenaya Elementary Principal Susan Moffitt said she didn’t call police after at least four allegations that teacher Darrell Golden was molesting children while she was working at Tracy’s Triana Elementary School.
Federal forest ecologists say that historic policies of fire suppression to protect Sierra timber interests left a century’s worth of fuel in the fire’s path. Two years of drought and a constant slow warming across the Sierra Nevada also worked to turn the Rim Fire into an inferno.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the fire that has burned 125,620 acres—growing five times larger since Wednesday—and is only 1 percent contained. The fire northeast of Groveland in the Stanislaus National Forest has closed a 4-mile stretch of Highway 120, one main path into Yosemite on the west side.