Rim Fire Update #8--August 23 8:00 AM
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Thursday, August 23, 2013/Time: 8:00 AM
Acres Burned: 105,620 Structures Threatened: 4,500
Containment: 2% Structures Destroyed: 16
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Injuries: 1
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Total Personnel: 2,011
Cost to date: $5.4 Million
- Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
- The Southeast Blue Team assumed command of the Rim Fire today at 6:00 A.M and will remain unified command with CAL FIRE.
- The Rim Fire is located within the Stanislaus National Forest on the Groveland Ranger District. The fire continues to increase in size and burn actively through the day and night. It continues burning east and has crossed the Yosemite National Park boundary. The fire also continues burning west toward the community of Pine Mountain Lake and northwest. Direct suppression efforts are occurring in the vicinity of communities and structural defense is in place.
Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic. Ferretti Road and Highway 120 to Pine Mountain Drive and Ferretti Road, Smith Station at Highway 120, Cherry Lake at Highway 120, and Evergreen Road.
An evacuation order has been ordered for the area north of Ferretti Road to Elderberry Road. An evacuation advisory has been issued for the community of Pine Mountain Lake. Communities along Ferretti Road from Highway 120 to Pine Mountain Road and Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Smith station have been evacuated. Evacuation center is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.
For more information on this press release or if you have questions regarding the information, please contact the Rim Fire at 805-727-4775 Updated information can also be obtained at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3660/