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Rim Fire 15% Contained: Wind Remains A Concern

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Tuolumne County, CA — Officials have gained 15% percent containment on the Rim Fire.

CAL Fire Spokesperson Daniel Berlant announces that 149,780 acres have now burned, and 4,500 residences remain threatened. Winds will remain a concern today, with gusts up to 26 miles an hour out of the south, according to Berlant.

The cost to fight the flames has soared to $20.1 million. Fire Officials say early Sunday morning the eastern edge of the fire burned actively exhibiting extreme fire behavior. Fire crews made significant progress along the southwestern edge of the fire. Fire Officials say firing operations and aircraft will continue to hit the western edge of the fire in hopes of keeping the flames from spreading to the west towards the Highway 108 corridor.

In Tuolumne County, an evacuation advisory still remains in Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108 from Mi-Wuk Village to Soulsbyville.

In Tuolumne County, school has been cancelled, countywide, at least through Tuesday. The same goes for Columbia College’s main campus.

The Rim Fire is growing on the Mariposa County side. County Sheriff’s Officials there have issued a Mandatory Evacuation for residences north of Old Yosemite Road in Mariposa County. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road, Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.

A town hall meeting on the Rim Fire will be held tonight at 6:30pm at the Sierra Bible Church. It will be aired live on 1450 KVML, Star 92.7, 93.5 KKBN and streamed on here at 6:30PM.

A community meeting will also be taking place at 4pm today at the Word of Life Fellowship in Mi Wuk Village.

The lastest map of the August 26th Rim Fire is here.