Tuolumne County, CA — The Rim Fire numbers hold at 237,341 acres or 371 square miles and it is still 80% contained. Incident Command says while the numbers for the fire remained steady the number of structures threatened has decreased from 4,500 to 2,495. They attribute that to the containment lines working along the Highway 108 corridor which has allowed the communities near the south side of the highway to be taken off the danger list. Also, the number of firefighters battling the blaze has continued to drop to 3,975. However, the cost to fight the flames has soared to $81 million.
Here is the latest on the Rim Fire directly from Incident Command:
Successful firing operations continued today on the fire’s southeast and northeast flanks, including north of the Tioga Road. Tonight’s shift will focus on continuing today’s firing operations. Slow humidity recovery and light southeasterly winds this evening and into the night are expected to aid firefighters in completing safe firing operations. On the west and north flanks, crews continue to patrol fires lines and locate and extinguish any remaining heat. California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 assumed command of the Rim Fire at 6 AM this morning.
Evacuations and Advisories:
There are currently no mandatory or advisory evacuation orders effective in Mariposa or Tuolumne Counties, however there are roads that remain closed. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated.
Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf. Highway 120 east/Tioga Road remains open from 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf to the Tioga Pass entrance. Cherry Lake Road is closed at Highway 120. Evergreen Road and Old Yosemite Road are also closed. Highway 120 from Ferretti Road to Buck Meadows remains open for local residents and businesses only.
Park and Forest Closures:
Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed. 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.