Rim Fire Update #20--August 29, 2013
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Thursday, August 29, 2013/Time: 6:30 AM
Acres Burned: 192,737 (301 square miles) Structures Threatened: 4,500
Containment: 30% Residences Destroyed: 11
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Commercial Property Damaged: 3
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Outbuildings Destroyed: 97
Cost to date: $39.2 Million Injuries: 3
Total Personnel 4,840
Last night firefighters continued their burning operations near Duckwall Mountian and Pilot Peak, and will continue to construct fireline north to Fahey Cabin, and provided structure defense. Firefighters prepared for burning operations south of Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park. Burning operations are also expected near Duckwall Mountain and near Old Yosemite Road. Crews will continue with burning operations as long as weather conditions allow, and will construct and improve firelines and provide structure defense.
Park and Forest Closures
Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along the Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge will remain closed. If you have questions about Yosemite National Park please call 209-372-0327 or 209-372-0329. The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108. Additional details are available from the Stanislaus Forest Supervisor's Office: (209) 532-3671; Mi-Wok Ranger Station: (209) 586-3234; Summit Ranger Station: (209) 965-3434; Groveland Ranger Station: (209) 962-7825.
Highway 120 remains closed between Buck Meadows to one and one-half miles east of White Wolf. Highway 120 east/Tioga Road remains open from one and one-half miles east of White Wolf to the Tioga Pass entrance. Also closed are Cherry Lake at Highway 120, Evergreen Road and Old Yosemite Road. Highway 120 from Ferretti Road to Buck Meadows remains open only for local residents and business only.
Evacuations and Advisories
A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01). Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. An evacuation center is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. An evacuation advisory is in effect from Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108 to Pinecrest Lake. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill. An evacuation center is located at the Greeley Hill Community Center.
For more information on this press release or if you have questions regarding the information, please contact the Rim Fire at 805-727-4775 or 805-727-4746. Updated information can also be obtained at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3660/. All media is requested to report to the Incident Command Post to check in with the Public Information Officers.