Rim Fire Update #10--August 24, 2013
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
RIM FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Saturday, August 24, 2013/Time: 6:00 AM
Acres Burned: 125,620 Structures Threatened: 4,500
Containment: 5% Structures Destroyed: 23
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Injuries: 1
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Total Personnel: 2,672
Cost to date: $7.8 Million
Fire crews continue to work toward increasing containment of the Rim Fire. A major effort focused is underway to hold the fire east of the North Fork of the Tuolumne River. Fire crews have strengthened fire lines that are holding above the community of Pine Mountain Lake. Additional efforts are focused on the eastern edge of the fire in Yosemite National Park to minimize impacts to our national treasure.
Direct attack is being used in some areas of the fire and more will be utilized as firefighters gain safe access. In other areas of the Fire where extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain exist, fire crews are using a tactic called indirect attack which creates control lines away from the fires active edge. Air resources, including several helicopters and air tankers, are being utilized to slow the forward progress of the fire.
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 Groveland Ranger District, 209-962-7825.
Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic. Also closed are 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 advisory has been issued for Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108 to Mi-Wok Village. Advisories have also been issued for the community of Pine Mountain Lake and communities along Ferretti Road from Highway 120 to Pine Mountain Road.
Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Smith Station Road has been evacuated. An evacuation order has been issued for the area north of Ferretti Road to Elderberry Road.
An evacuation center is 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/