Rim Fire Acreage Increases
Tuolumne County, CA -- The Rim Fire has grown to 133,980 acres and is seven percent contained.
The new size estimate was announced during the morning briefing. Forest Service Spokesperson Jerry Snyder says the possibility of high winds today is concerning, as wind speeds are projected to be anywhere from 14-26 mph throughout the day.
Crews have had success laying down lines in the areas outside of Tuolumne City. The areas above Tuolumne City are also of notable concern, stretching up to communities like Sugar Pine and Mi Wuk Village.
Snyder adds, "The forecasted high winds and high potential for long range spotting remains a significant concern for fire to advance beyond the retardant lines and allow for fire spread into the communities of Tuolumne City, Twain Harte, and Long Barn to the west of the fire and east into the Hetch Hetchy Watershed."
An additional base camp has been established near Tuolumne City and establishment of spike camps are being planned to mitigate travel time of suppression resources and to limit exposure for the safety of firefighting resources.
Advisory evacuation notices remain in effect today for Tuolumne City, Ponderosa Hills, and the south side of Highway 108 from Soulsbyville to Mi Wuk Village-Sugar Pine. 18 homes in the Pine Mountain Lake Subdivision remain under an evacuation order.
Written by BJ Hansen