Fire officials announced Sunday that the Ferguson Fire, which started on July 13 and has burned more than 96,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park, is 100 percent contained.
"The fire itself has a containment line all the way around the perimeter of the fire," said Ferguson Fire Information Officer Brendan Halle.
This means that fire officials are confident the fire will not spread any further, but it doesn't mean that the fire is done burning.
"It's not controlled," Halle said. "Controlled would be after there are no more hot spots or smoking areas, and there are still interior pockets of unburned fuel in that containment line that are probably going to smoke for a while until they have the first really good storm or wetting rain up in this region, and that will probably lead to the whole thing being controlled."
The fire started more than a month in the Sierra National Forest in steep, rugged terrain that would make firefighting a challenge from the start, in addition to hot and dry weather conditions. The following day, 36-year old Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney died when his bulldozer crashed down a mountainside while he was working on a steep trail.