Groveland, CA — The Rim Fire has grown to 125,620 acres and is 5% contained. There are 2,672 firefighters battling the blaze. The cost has grown to $7.8 Million. 23 structures have been destroyed and 4,500 are still threatened.
Forest Fire Officials say the Rim Fire continues to spread due to extremely dry fuels and inaccessible terrain which are drastically hampering suppression efforts. They say aerial resources are being effective with air tankers prepping locations in advance of the fires spread towards the Highway 108 corridor.
Fire Officials warn there is a very high potential for long range spotting. There is 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. The fire continues its eastward spread and is well into the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park.
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. Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic. Also closed are Ferretti Road and Highway 120 to Pine Mountain Drive and Ferretti Road, Smith Station at Highway 120, Cherry Lake at Highway 120, and Evergreen Road.
The advisory evacuation now runs down the south side of Highway 108 from Mi-Wuk Village to Sugar Pine to Willow Springs and Soulsbyville and through Sherwood Forest. Highway 108 is open to traffic.