Rim Fire Update--September 5, 2013 7:30pm
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE UPDATE
September 5, 2013 7:30 PM
Acres Burned: 237,341 (371 square miles) Structures Threatened: 1,900
Containment: 80% Residences Destroyed: 11
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Commercial Property Destroyed: 3
Fire Cause: Human Caused Outbuildings Destroyed: 97
Cost to date: $84.8 million Injuries: 6
Total Personnel: 3,634
Fire activity increased within containment lines in unburned portions of the Rim Fire area on Thursday. There was limited spotting of embers across firelines on the fire’s northern flank in the area of Clavey Meadow, and on the southern flank along Tioga Road. Firefighters are having success containing these spotfires. Burnout operations along Tioga Road were completed today. Hot and dry weather accompanied by gusty south and southeast winds are expected to persist through the weekend. Tonight’s operations will focus on containing the spotfires, improving control lines and closely monitoring fire behavior.
Park and Forest Closures
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. 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; and Groveland Ranger Station, 209-962-7825.
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 or Tuolumne Counties, however there are roads that remain closed. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows is still evacuated
For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Rim Fire at 805-727-4775 or 805-727-4746. The Tuolumne City Rim Fire Information phones at 209-928-1059 will not be staffed beginning Friday September 6th. 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.