Thursday, September 26, 2013

[californiadisasters] Rim Fire Update #61 (9/23/13-6:30PM)

Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
Released: 2 days ago

Incident Statistics

Acres Burned: 257 134 (402 square miles)

Containment: 84%

Fire Start Date: August 17 2013

Fire Cause: Under Investigation

Structures Threatened: 0

Residences Destroyed: 11

Commercial Property Destroyed: 3

Outbuildings Destroyed: 98

Cost to date: $124.5 million

Injuries: 10

Total Personnel 945

Fire Update:

Fire activity continues to be limited to isolated smoldering. Fire crews will continure to patrol and extinguish any remaining hot spots near containment lines. Firefighters continue to monitor the continued slow spread of fire in the Yosemite and Emigrant Wilderness areas between Cherry Lake and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

For a Google map tour with post-fire photographs go to

Public Safety:

All roads within the fire area remain closed to the public with the exception of Hwy 120. Travellers and local residents with permission should use extreme caution as fire personnel and contracted equipment continue to work in the area. Hazards may include rocks and debris in roads weakened trees and tree limbs that may fall without notice. If you must drive through the fire area do not stop your vehicle leave the roadway or enter the burned area on foot. Use extra caution when driving as logging trucks are using major roads including Highways 108 120 and 49.

Park and Forest Closures

Hwy 120 over Tioga pass in open. The Big Oak Flat Road is open to Yosemite Valley. Local businesses are open and providing services for travelers. Evergreen Road is open only to Evergreen Lodge. Hetch Hetchy and surrounding facilities in Yosemite Park remain closed. Tuolumne Grove and Hodgdon Meadow Campground remain closed. Yosemite Creek and White Wolf Campgrounds and White Wolf Lodge are now closed for the season. Merced Grove and Tamarack Flat reopened recently.

The Stanislaus National Forest issued an updated Rim Fire Area Closure (dated September 12 2013) for the Groveland and Mi-Wok Ranger Districts. 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.

Additional information

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.

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



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