Rim Fire 95% Contained
Fire Crews Cut Line on The Rim Fire
Tuolumne County, CA -- Forest Fire officials report the acreage has not grown, but the containment is up to 95 percent. 257,135 acres or 402 square miles have burned. There are 196 firefighters on scene and the cost is up to $127.2 million.
Here is the Forest Fire Officials release with the Rim Fire Update:
The Rim fire is now being managed by the Groveland and Mi Wuk Ranger Districts on the Stanislaus National Forest. Minimal fire spread is expected in the next 24 hours and fire behavior continues to be creeping and smoldering. There is one 800-1000 acre pocket of vegetation near Kibbie Lake that remains with a potential to burn. Resources will continue to patrol the fire perimeter and mop-up any heat that poses a threat to containment lines while continuing to implement the suppression repair plan. Commercial recreation along the Tuolumne and Clavey Rivers continues to be impacted. The developed areas of Hetch-Hetchy remain evacuated.
Park and Forest Closures:
Evergreen Road is open only to Evergreen Lodge. Hetch Hetchy and surrounding facilities in Yosemite Park remain closed to public access due to hazardous trees. Aspen Valley is open to residents only. Tuolumne Grove and Hodgdon Meadow Campground remain closed. Areas of the Stanislaus National Forest are still under a Rim Fire Area Closure 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. Merced Grove and Tamarack Flat are open.
Full containment is still scheduled for tomorrow at around Noon.
Written by Tracey Petersen