One of the largest Californian wildfires on record continues to devour the Yosemite National Park.
The Rim Fire has burned for 11 days and doubled in size overnight.
An army of 4,000 firefighters are at work trying to stop the fast-moving blaze as it rages over the parched land.
Tom Medema from the Yosemite National Park spoke of the destructive nature of the Rim Fire:
“When a fire gets into an area that has not burned for a long time, the fuels are so dry and so thick, we get a really, really
hot fire and it scorches the earth and it does not return nutrients to the soil as readily and it actually destroys the soil.”
There is some respite in the offing as weather forecasters believe conditions in the Pacific Northwest will assist the emergency services, with lower temperatures, less wind and some rain.
Until them the Rim Fire rages on.