Rim Fire Update #7--August 22, 2013 8:00 PM
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Thursday, August 22, 2013/Time: 8:00 PM
Acres Burned: 63,366 Structures Threatened: 2,500
Containment: 1% Structures Destroyed: 9
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Injuries: 1
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Total Personnel: 1,849
Cost to date: $5.4 Million
- Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
- The Rim Fire has transitioned into 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. It moves west towards the community of Pine Mountain Lake and to the east it is approaching Camp Mather. Direct suppression efforts are occurring in the vicinity of communities and structural defense is in place.
- The Southeast Blue Team is shadowing the South Central Sierra Interagency Management Team today and will assume command of the Rim Fire tomorrow.
Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic. Ferretti Road and Highway 120 to Pine Mountain Drive, 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/