Rim Fire Update--September 7, 2013 8:30am
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE UPDATE
September 7 2013 8:30 AM
Acres Burned: 252 156 (394 square miles) Structures Threatened: 1 900
Containment: 80% Residences Destroyed: 11
Fire Start Date: August 17 2013 Commercial Property Destroyed: 3
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Outbuildings Destroyed: 97
Cost to date: $89.2 million Injuries: 6
Total Personnel: 3 457
Firefighters conducted aerial firing operations using helicopters last night on two ridges on the northern portion of the fire significantly reducing the threat of the fire escaping containment lines on the northern flank. Unburned vegetation within the containment lines continued to burn out down the ridges throughout the night. Crews also performed burning operations from hand lines and natural barriers on the fire’s southeastern flank. With hotter and drier weather expected today firefighters will focus on containing spotfires especially on the northern and southeastern flanks. Mop-up and hazard tree mitigation will also continue as fire crews work to strengthen control lines. Motorists along State Route 120 are asked to use caution and avoid stopping when driving through the fire area.
A Community Meeting will be held Sunday at 6:00 PM in the Twain Harte Park. Fire officials will brief attendees on the status of the fire and answer questions.
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 State Route 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.
State Route 120 is now open from Groveland to Yosemite Valley. State Route 120 (Tioga Road) remains closed from Crane Flat to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf. Park visitors can access Tuolumne Meadows from SR-395 via the park entrance at Tioga Pass. Cherry Lake Road is closed at State Route 120. Evergreen Road Old Yosemite Road and Hardin Flat Road are also closed.
Evacuations and Advisories
No mandatory or advisory evacuation orders are in effect in Mariposa or Tuolumne Counties but some secondary roads remain closed to non-residents within the fire area.
For more information or if you have questions please contact the Rim Fire at 805-727-4775 or 805-727-4746. 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 Public Information Officers.