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A fire crew digs a fire line near Yosemite National Park on Sunday. Firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire, which had ravaged 282 square miles by Tuesday, the biggest in the Sierra’s recorded history.

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Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn (VIDEO)

Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

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