Rim Fire 80% Contained
Drip Torch Ops and Hotshot
Tuolumne County, CA -- The Rim Fire is 80% contained and the acreage hasn't grown. It is still sitting at 235, 841 thousand acres. The number of firefighters on scene is down to 4,185 and the cost has reached $77-million.
As of Noon today, all advisory evacuation notices along the Highway 108 Corridor had been lifted. That includes Ponderosa Hills and the south side of Highway 108 from North Tuolumne Road up to Pinecrest. There are currently NO mandatory or advisory evacuation orders effective in Mariposa County. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows remains under evacuation.
Here is the latest on the Rim Fire directly from Incident Command:
Very active fire behavior occurred again today on the East sides of the fire. This produced running surface fire with torching, crowning and spotting. Moderate rates of spread were observed both in advancing surface fire and backing fire. Heavy fuels continue to experience complete combustion with high probability of ignition. Wildland Fire Modules are assigned North of Cherry and Eleanor Lakes to monitor the fires advancement and contain spread in the rocky terrain where fingers of sparse fuels are present. Line construction with burnout is planned as necessary South of Harden Lake in Yosemite National Park. Continued burnout operations are planned in Yosemite National Park along Tioga Road as conditions allow. Additional burnout and reinforcement of control lines to the north /northwest of fire will continue. Patrol and mop up will continue as needed until significant moisture is received.
Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf. Highway 120 east/Tioga Road remains open from 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf 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.
Park and Forest Closures:
Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed. 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.
Written by Tracey Petersen