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Rim Fire Announcement

Forest Service Releases The Cause of The Rim Fire

Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/5/2013


U.S. Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Region

Contacts: Stanton Florea, Pacific Southwest Region, Public Affairs (707) 562-9014

Ray Mooney, Pacific Southwest Region, Public Affairs (707) 562-8995

Investigators discover cause of Rim Fire

VALLEJO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013 - Investigators from the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations and Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office have determined the Rim Fire began when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape. There is no indication the hunter was involved with illegal marijuana cultivation on public lands and no marijuana cultivation sites were located near the origin of the fire. No arrests have been made at this time and the hunter's name is being withheld pending further investigation.

The Rim Fire began Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, on the Stanislaus National Forest near the area known as Jawbone Ridge. The fire has burned 237,341 acres and is 80 percent contained.

Unit Information

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Stanislaus National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
19777 Greenley Road
Sonora, CA 95370

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Rim Fire Information
Phone: 209-532-3671 ext. 243
Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30PM
Rim Fire Information
Phone: 209-432-3509
Hours: 6am-10pm
Rim Fire Information
Phone: 209-432-3509
Hours: Sunday-Saturday, 8AM-8PM
Yosemite National Park Fire Informaion
Phone: 209-372-0327
Hours: 7am-10pm Sunday-Saturday
Yosemite National Park Fire Information
Phone: 209-372-0329
Hours: 7am-10pm Sunday-Satuday
Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor'S Office
Phone: 209-532-3671
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