Rim Fire Update #26--September 1, 2013 6am
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Sunday, September 1, 2013/Time: 6:30 AM
Acres Burned: 222,777 (348 square miles) Structures Threatened: 4,500
Containment: 40% Residences Destroyed: 11
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Commercial Property Destroyed: 3
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Outbuildings Destroyed: 97
Cost to date: $60 million Injuries: 5
Total Personnel: 5,115
Crews completed putting fire line around the spot fire southeast of Pilot Peak, however localized winds last night created new spot fires that will be addressed today. In the northwest, east, and southwest areas crew continue to create direct and indirect line where accessibility and safety allow. Burning operations were in the Hull Creek Drainage. Burning operations are continuing in areas with favorable conditions around Hetch Hetchy and Harden Lake as well as Big Oak Road near Crane Flat. Contingency lines are being reinforced between the fire and the communities of Tuolumne City, Twain Harte, and Long Barn. Mopup is occurring along the southwest corner of the fire from Pine Mountain to Buck Meadows. Today, firefighters will continue with burning operations and strengthening existing lines, as well as structure defense.
Park and Forest Closures
The Stanislaus National Forest has expanded the area closure for the Mi-Wok Ranger District on the northern end and the entire Groveland Ranger District. 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; and Groveland Ranger Station, 209-962-7825.Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed.
Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf. Highway 120 east/Tioga Road remains open from 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf to the Tioga Pass entrance. Cherry Lake Road is closed at Highway 120. Evergreen Road and Old Yosemite Road are also closed. Highway 120 from Ferretti Road to Buck Meadows remains open for local residents and businesses only.
Evacuations and Advisories
There are currently no mandatory evacuations or evacuation advisories in Mariposa County. The Mariposa County Sherriff has lifted the Mandatory Evacuation along Old Yosemite Road to include areas North and South of Bull Creek Road to Little Grizzly Mountain. The Evacuation Warning has also been lifted for all residences of Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill. An evacuation advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and at the Greeley Hill Community Center.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Rim Fire at 805-727-4775 or 805-727-4746 and Tuolumne City Rim Fire Information at 209-928-1059. If you have questions about Yosemite National Park call 209-372-0327 or 209-372-0329.Updated information is also available at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3660/. All media are requested to report to the Incident Command Post to check in with the Public Information Officers.