Rim Update -- September 13, 2013 8:00am
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
Acres Burned : 255 858 (400 square miles)
Structures Threatened: 1 285
Residences Destroyed: 11
Fire Start Date: August 17 2013
Commercial Property Destroyed: 3
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Outbuildings Destroyed: 98
Cost to date: $107.8 million
Total Personnel 2 572
Last night fire resources were patrolling the fire looking for hotspots and continuing to hold and improve containment lines. Today crews will continue to patrol mop-up and monitor all areas along the fire perimeter. Hot and dry weather will provide conditions for continued fire spread in the Yosemite Wilderness north of Hetch Hetchy Wilderness. Unburned vegetation is expected to burn within the containment lines especially west of Harden Lake Harden Lake Road and southeast of Hetch Hetchy reservoir. Suppression repair continues on fire containment lines.
Anyone traveling on roads within the fire area should use extreme caution. Fire personnel and equipment continue to work in the area. Hazards include smoke weakened trees (that may fall) and hot burning stump holes. If you must drive through the fire area please do not stop leave the roadway or enter the burned area on foot.
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 issued an updated (September 12 2013) Rim Fire Closure for the Groveland and Mi-Wok Ranger Districts. Additional information is 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.
Evergreen Road is opened to Evergreen Lodge. State Hwy 120 is open to Crane Flat. The Big Oak Flat Road is open from Crane Flat to Yosemite Valley. Businesses are open and providing services (gasoline food and lodging) for travelers.
State Route 120 (Tioga Road) remains closed from Crane Flat to 1 ó 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 closed. Some secondary roads within the fire area remain closed to non-residents.
For more information or if you have questions please contact the Rim Fire at 805-727-4775. 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.