Rim Fire Now 199,237 acres
US forest Service Engine 43 Fire Fighters out of Greeley Hill
Tuolumne County, CA -- The Rim Fire is now 199,237 acres or 311 square miles and is 32% contained. 4,927 firefighters are on scene. The total cost has reached $47 million.
The following information was released by Incident Command:
Very active fire behavior beginning earlier in the day as fire remained fairly active from the previous night. Fire Officials say they are battling running surface fire, torching, crown fire runs, and spotting. Firefighters began burning operations south of Hetch Hetchy and along Old Yosemite Road. Crews continue with line construction near Clavey Meadows near the 3N01 Road. Crews began removing fuels along the Tioga Road and Highway 120 near the Yosemite National Park entrance in preparation for the planned burnout. This work is to reduce the intensity of the burnout.
Evacuations and Advisories:
Advisory evacuations have been lifted for Soulsbyville and Willow Springs. Tuolumne City was opened to residents at Noon today. Ponderosa Hills is still under an advisory and it is off limits to the public with only resident and fire personnel being allowed into that area. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill. A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01). Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and at the Greeley Hill Community Center.
Buchanan at Cottonwood Roads and Sunrise Drive are still closed to traffic. Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf Road. Highway 120 east of Tioga Road remains open from one and a half miles east of White Wolf Road to the Tioga Pass entrance. Cherry Lake Road is closed at Highway 120. Evergreen Road and Old Yosemite Road are also closed. Highway 120 from Ferretti Road to Buck Meadows remains open for local residents and businesses only.
Written by Tracey Petersen