Rim Fire Update #27--September 1, 2013 6pm
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Sunday, September 1, 2013/Time: 6:30 PM
Acres Burned: 224,777 (351 square miles) Structures Threatened: 4,500
Containment: 45% Residences Destroyed: 11
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Commercial Property Destroyed: 3
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Outbuildings Destroyed: 97
Cost to date: $66 million Injuries: 5
Total Personnel: 4,606
Burning operations, along with structure protection continued on the southeast and northern portions of the fire. Burnout operations have been temporarily suspended south of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir inside Yosemite National Park while fire behavior analysts and long-term analysts assess possibilities for opportunities for direct line construction south of Harden Lake. Crews were successful in establishing more of a buffer between designated containment lines and the head of the main fire. In multiple areas more handline is being constructed for containment where deemed safe. Bulldozers worked to enhance the stability of contingency lines amid the fire’s edge and communities of Tuolomne City, Twain Harte and Long Barn. Firefighters remain actively engaged in mop-up operations along the west flank of the fire in the Pine Mountain LAke and Buck Meadows areas. Significant progress has been made on burnout operations between Hells Mountain and Clavey Lake. Additionally, provided favorable conditions remain, more crews are expected to carry on with burning and structure defense operations throughout the night with the exception of the above mentioned areas temporarily suspended.
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 or advisory evacuation orders effective in Mariposa County. 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.