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Benefit set for Rim Fire victims

A church in Sonora, Calif., is holding a benefit dinner and auction later this month for ranchers devastated by this summer's Rim Fire at the edge of Yosemite National Park.

SONORA, Calif. — A church here is holding a benefit on Nov. 23 for ranchers who lost cattle, buildings, fences and grazing ground in the massive Rim Fire at the edge of Yosemite National Park in August.

About 4,000 cows were ranging in the Stanislaus National Forest when the fire ignited Aug. 17, eventually burning 257,314 acres and destroying seven homes, three commercial structures and 98 outbuildings. Many ranchers reported at least 100 head of cattle dead, and many more are believed to be dead, according to the California Cattlemen’s Association.

The Country Cowboy Church’s “Rim Fire Ranchers Relief” at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds will include a barbecue tri-tip and chicken dinner, raffle, live auction and entertainment by the Sierra Mountain Band.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at many local businesses. Donations of raffle items are being accepted. Call (209) 588-1056.



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