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Tuolumne County, CA — The Rim Fire continues to rack up new titles as it has grown to 237, 341acres.

Here are the latest facts released by Incident Command:


Rim Fire:

Largest wildfire in the United States to date in 2013
(Second largest to date in 2013: Lime Hills Fire, Alaska 201,809 acres)

No. 1-ranked on national wild land firefighting priority list

Fourth largest California wildfire in historical records dating to 1932
(The four largest California wildfires have all occurred since 2003)

Personnel currently on incident: 4,185

States that have sent firefighters or other personnel: 44 and the District of Columbia

Cal Fire geographical units that have sent personnel: 20 of 21

Inmate personnel from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: 746

Proportion of inmate personnel working on the fire: 17.1 percent

Completed containment line: 110.7 miles

Completed dozer line: 149.7 miles

Hand line: 9.3 miles
Road Used as Line: 19.9 miles

Total acres burned in California to date in 2013:

Rim Fire acres as a proportion of burned acres in California:
47.8 percent

Total aviation hours: 1,543

Water dropped: 2.0 million gallons

Fire retardant dropped: 2.3 million gallons

Acreage in Yosemite National Park: 66,155

Proportion of the fire burning in Yosemite National Park: 28 percent

Proportion of Yosemite National Park within the fire perimeter: 8.7 percent

Size of the fire area:
More than five times the size of Washington, D.C.

Hot meals served:
Breakfasts: 45,133 Dinners: 41,558

Pounds of firefighter laundry washed:

Origin of Rim Fire name: The fire started near a scenic overlook in Stanislaus National Forest called “Rim of the World”

  • Fire Consumes Forest