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Camp Mather Added To Rim Fire Evacuations

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Groveland, CA — Law enforcement officials are arriving at Camp Mather to recommend that everyone leave as a precaution.

As reported previously, the Rim Fire has jumped a containment line and officials have issued an advisory evacuation notice for the entire Pine Mountain Lake Subdivision. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office points out that it is only an advisory notice at this point, and not a mandatory evacuation.

Other areas under an advisory notice include the Berkeley Family Camp, Hardin Flat, Ferretti Road, Clements Road, Camp Tawonga, Buck Meadows, San Jose Family Camp, Rainbow Pool, Yosemite Inn, Early Intake, Evergreen Lodge, Packard Canyon and the Spinning Wheel Forest Service Facility. Officials have put in place a reverse 911 system to notify residents that are under an evacuation advisory.

Evacuee Virgil McVicker lives five miles east of Pine Mountain Lake and had a first-hand view this afternoon. “It was clear earlier today, and within the past two hours it just mushroomed,” says McVicker. (See his photo)

McVicker is one of the people headed to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds evacuation center.

A special thanks to our community news partners Linda King, Sylvia Fraga, Lance Seagraves for sending in photos of the Rim Fire.  They can be emailed to