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Rim Fire in Stanislaus National Forest Update for Tuesday Evening, August 20, 2013

Rim Fire in Stanislaus National Forest Update for Tuesday Evening, August 20, 2013



Update 10:00 P.M.

New Information:

Campgrounds Evacuated Along Highway 120: Camp Towanga and the following campgrounds have been evacuated due to the Rim Fire: -Spinning Wheel -Sawmill   

Active fire continued to move up both sides of Jawbone Ridge, and the Tuolumne River above Lumsden Bridge and west of Drew Meadows. There are a few areas the fire has encroached and crossed Highway 120 and has moved into timbered areas. Structure defense continues for the community of Buck Meadows and Ferretti Road.

Highway 120 is at closed four miles west of Groveland Ranger Station and four miles east of Buck Meadows. Ferretti Road is was closed today. Access to the fire is still a concern for fire crews and equipment

The Following has New Information in Bold

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Time: 9:00 PM

Incident Statics:

Acres Burned: 10,170

Structures Threatened: 2,500

Containment: 0%

Structures Destroyed: 7

Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013

Injuries: 0

Fire Cause: Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 711

Cost to date: $1.7 Million

Fire Update The Rim Fire is located within the Stanislaus National Forest on the Groveland Ranger District. It continues to burn in the Tuolumne River Canyon from the Lumsden Bridge to the northeast. The fire has crossed the confluence of the Tuolumne and Clavey rivers and is burning to the north toward Walton Cabin Spring. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is in command of the Rim Fire. The Rim Fire burned two residences and five outbuildings along Packard Canyon Road yesterday as the fire pushed eastward. Structures remain threatened and structure defense is in progress. Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.

Road Closures Ferretti Road and Highway 120 to Clements Road, Smith Station at Highway 120, Cherry Lake at Highway 120, and Highway 120 remain closed to all outbound traffic from Yosemite National Park.

Evacuations Communities along Ferretti Road from Highway 120 to Clements Road, Highway 120 at Cherry Lake Road west to Smith Station, Sawmill and Spinning Wheel campgrounds and Tawonga Camp have been evacuated.

Evacuation centers are at the Sonora Fairgrounds and Greeley Hill Community Center. 




The Rim Fire is 0% contained.

 

The north end of the fire has crossed the Clavey River and is burning in remote and steep terrain. The north end is not threatening any structures at this time.

Due to inaccessible, steep terrain and active fire behavior a combination of direct and indirect attack will be used on this incident. The fire burned actively with a southward spread of the fire over Highway 120. Direct line suppression efforts are impeded by difficult access and steep inaccessible terrain. A combination of direct and indirect attack will be used on this incident. Active fire behavior today raises safety concerns for crews adjacent to the fire’s edge. Smoke exposure within the deep drainage of the Clavey River will be an issue for fire crews as well.

There is a red flag warning for lightning today through Wednesday.

The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is managing the Fire as of August 18, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.


Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Saturday August 17th, 2013 approx. 03:15 PM
Location Groveland Range District, Stanislaus NF
Incident Commander David Cooper

Current Situation

Total Personnel 711
Size 10,170 acres
Fuels Involved

Brush, Oaks, and Pine

Fire Behavior

Active fire continued to move up both sides of Jawbone Ridge, and the Tuolumne River above Lumsden Bridge and west of Drew Meadows. There are a few areas the fire has encroached and crossed Highway 120 and has moved into timbered areas. Structure defense continues for the community of Buck Meadows and Ferretti Road.

Significant Events

Highway 120 is at closed four miles west of Groveland Ranger Station and four miles east of Buck Meadows. Ferretti Road is was closed today. Access to the fire is still a concern for fire crews and equipment

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continued fixed wing air support.

Growth Potential

Extreme

Terrain Difficulty

Extreme

Remarks

Two residences and five outbuildings were lost along Packer Canyon Road in yesterdays eastward push of the fire. Approximately 2,500 structures are threatened to the west of the fire along Ferretti Road north of Highway 120. Due to inaccessible, steep terrain and active fire behavior a combination of direct and indirect attack will be used on this incident. Preparations were completed to secure fire camp if the fire were to threaten the Incident Command Post. Column induced weather preceded the fire front yesterday and rain halted the fires spread in the direction of camp. Other areas of the fire continued to burn actively with a southeasterly spread of the fire over Highway 120.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 4-10 mph SW
Temperature 86-91 degrees
Humidity 25-36%
 
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