Photo of the Day: Fighting California's Rim Fire

Firefighters work to prevent the Rim Fire from jumping Highway 120 near Buck Meadows, California

Firefighters work to prevent the Rim Fire from jumping Highway 120 near Buck Meadows, California, August 24, 2013. A fast-moving wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the closure of two more areas of the park, but an official said on Saturday he was cautiously optimistic that firefighters could halt the advance of flames. The fire, which had grown to just over 125,000 acres (50,585 hectares) as of early Saturday, remained largely unchecked with extreme terrain hampering efforts at containment, which stood at 5 percent. REUTERS/Max Whittaker (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX12VNVMax Whittaker/Reuters

Firefighters work to prevent the Rim Fire from jumping Highway 120 near Buck Meadows, California. A fast-moving wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the closure of two more areas of the park. The fire, which had grown to just over 125,000 acres as of early Saturday, remained largely unchecked with extreme terrain hampering efforts at containment, which stood at 5 percent.

Max Whittaker is a freelance photographer based out of Sacramento, California. He is certainly no stranger to covering voile situations, having been embedded in both Iraq and Afghanistan. See more of his incredible photojournalism, here.

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