Monday, September 23, 2013

[californiadisasters] Rim Fire Update #60 (9/22/13-8AM)

Rim Fire Wildfire
Released: 2 days ago

Incident Statistics

Acres Burned: 257 097 (401 square miles) Structures Threatened: 0

Containment: 84% Residences Destroyed: 11

Fire Start Date: August 17 2013 Commercial Property Destroyed: 3

Fire Cause: Under Investigation Outbuildings Destroyed: 98

Cost to date: $121 million Injuries: 10

Total Personnel 1 225

Special Update

Hwy 120 was closed last evening from Crane Flat to 12 miles west of the junction of U.S. 395/Tioga Pass due to snow. Check with Yosemite National Park 209-372-0200 0r CAL Trans 1-800-427-7623 for current road conditions. FOr your safety visitors are not permitted to stop along the road adjacent to the fire perimeter.

Fire Update

Approximately 0.6" of rain fell on the fire yesterday causing some rock and debris falls and muddy roads. Some erosion may have occurred on deeply burned water repellent soils. Give the rain and higher humidity fire behavior should be more limited today to isolated smoldering. Fire crews will continue work where they can safely access those areas and where driving does not further damage roads. Suppression repair continues and to-date includes 89 miles of dozer line 9 miles of hand line chipping along roads and 62 miles of road repair. A total of 118 miles of suppression line repair remain. The current fire perimeter is about 185 miles. That perimeter includes 128 851 acres or 53% of the Groveland Ranger District (RD) 48 237 acres or 23% of the Mi-Wok RD and 77 886 acres or 10% of Yosemite National Park. Area estimates include all ownerships within the jurisdictional boundaries. For a Google map tour with post-fire photographs go to

Public Safety

Anyone traveling on roads within the fire area should use extreme caution as fire personnel and equipment continue to work in the area. Hazards include smoke weakened trees and snags (that may fall) and hot burning stump holes. If you must drive through the fire area please do not stop leave the roadway or enter the burned area on foot.

Park and Forest Closures

Hetch Hetchy and Aspen Valley in Yosemite Park are closed to public access due to hazardous trees. Tuolumne Grove and Hodgdon Meadow Campground remain closed due to the fire. Yosemite Creek and White Wolf Campgrounds and White Wolf Lodge are closed for the season. The Stanislaus National Forest issued an updated Rim Fire Area Closure (dated September 12 2013) for the Groveland and Mi-Wok Ranger Districts. Additional information is available from the Stanislaus National 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; and Yosemite National Park 209-372-0200.

Road Openings and Closures

Tioga Pass Road (Hwy 120) is open across Yosemite National Park. For your safety visitors are not permitted to stop along the road adjacent to the fire perimeter. The Big Oak Flat Road is open to Yosemite Valley. Local businesses are open and providing services (gasoline food and lodging) for travelers. Merced Grove and Tamarack Flat reopened yesterday. Evergreen Road is open only to Evergreen Lodge. Otherwise Hetch Hetchy Road and surrounding areas and facilities remain closed. Cherry Lake Road is closed at Hwy 120. Old Yosemite and Harden Flat Roads are closed. Some secondary roads within the fire area remain closed to non-residents.

For more information please contact the Rim Fire at 209-928-1053. Updated



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