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In this Aug. 24, 2013, file photo, Pinecrest General Store owner Dan Vaughn stands in his empty business in Pinecrest, Calif. Vaughn says that business is down 90 percent from normal at this time of year as a result of the Rim Fire, which continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest. Vaughn sent four of his employees home due to the lack of business. It doesn't pay to be a dateline in a disaster story, as the folks around Groveland, Calif., will tell you. On what would have been the busiest weekend of the summer had the Strawberry Music Festival not been cancelled, hotel rooms are empty and the local coffee roaster got rid of all six employees because the road to Yosemite is closed. One hotelier has had $20,000 in cancellations just this week. In the park, tourists are enjoying elbow room as hard-to-get campsite and lodging rooms are full but day tourists are staying away out of fear of fire and smoke.