Rim Fire Update #4--August 21, 2013 9:30 AM
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Wednesday, August 21, 2013/Time: 9:30 a.m.
Acres Burned: 16,228 Structures Threatened: 2,500
Containment: 5% Structures Destroyed: 9
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Injuries: 0
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Crews: 13 Engines: 15
Helicopters: 1 Fixed Wing: Unknown
Dozers: 17 Water Tenders: 15
Total personnel assigned to fire: 858
- The Rim Fire is located within the Stanislaus National Forest on the Groveland Ranger District. Last night’s Infrared flight shows fire growth on all division except the southwest division. The Rim fire continues to move northeast up the Tuolumne River Drainage from the Lumsden Bridge to the Gravel Range and Jones Point Lookout. Firing operations were successful west of fire camp as the fire moved up the Tuolumne drainage. The fire has crossed the confluence of the Tuolumne and Clavey rivers and is burning past Walton Cabin Springs and towards Butcher Knife Ridge to the north west. The southeast edge continues to spread along Hwy 120 to the east and is following Pilot Ridge from the south east. The southern edge of the fire is confined to a few isolated heat sources from the Groveland Ranger Station and Rim of the World east to the south fork of the Tuolumne River. To the west the fire continues to hold on Ferretti Road.
- Due to inaccessible, steep terrain and active fire behavior a combination of direct and indirect attack will be used on this incident. The availability of fixed wing air craft is pertinent to the success of suppression operations.
- Structure defense continues for Buck Meadows, San Jose Camp, and the Spinning Wheel area.
- The Rim Fire burned two residences and seven outbuildings along Packard Canyon Road yesterday as the fire pushed eastward. Structures remain threatened and structure defense is in progress.
- Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
- The Rim Fire is being managed by South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Type 2 Team and will transition to a Type 1 Team from Forest Service Region 8 on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Ferretti Road and Highway 120 to Clements Road, Smith Station at Highway 120, Cherry Lake at Highway 120, and Highway 120 remain closed to all outbound traffic from Yosemite National Park.
Communities along Ferretti Road from Highway 120 to Clements Road, Highway 120 at Cherry Lake Road west to Smith Station, Sawmill and Spinning Wheel campgrounds and Tawonga Camp have been evacuated. Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and Greeley Hill Community Center in Mariposa County.
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/