Rim Fire Update--September 5, 2013 7:30am
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE UPDATE
September 5, 2013 7:30 AM
Acres Burned: 237,341 (371 square miles) Structures Threatened: 2,495
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: $81 million Injuries: 5
Total Personnel: 3,975
Yesterday there was minimal growth on the Rim Fire. An updated acreage is not available because last night’s infrared flight was grounded due to mechanical difficulties. On the southeast flank, control lines are holding well, and last night’s firing operations were successful off the Tioga Road. Today the main fire is expected to advance towards the Tioga Road and areas burned out last night. Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist through the weekend. Winds gusting up to 18 to 25 mph out of the SSE could challenge containment lines on the fire’s northeast flanks. Fire crews are working to improve containment lines on the north flank. Crews are also continuing mop-up and improvement of containment lines on the fires western flank.
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 has been evacuated.
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.