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Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park Update for Thursday Evening, August 22, 2013

Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park Update for Thursday Evening, August 22, 2013


Update: 7:53 P.M. 


Incident Statics

Acres Burned: 63,366

Structures Threatened: 2,500

Containment: 1%

Structures Destroyed: 9

Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013

Injuries: 1

Fire Cause: Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 1,849

Cost to date: $5.4 Million

Fire Update

  • Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
  • The Rim Fire has transitioned into unified command with CAL FIRE.
  • The Rim Fire is located within the Stanislaus National Forest on the Groveland Ranger District. The fire continues to increase in size and burn actively through the day. It moves west towards the community of Pine Mountain Lake and to the east it is approaching Camp Mather. Direct suppression efforts are occurring in the vicinity of communities and structural defense is in place.
  • The Southeast Blue Team is shadowing the South Central Sierra Interagency Management Team today and will assume command of the Rim Fire tomorrow.

Road Closures

Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic. Ferretti Road and Highway 120 to Pine Mountain Drive, Smith Station at Highway 120, Cherry Lake at Highway 120, and Evergreen Road.

Evacuations

An evacuation order has been ordered for the area north of Ferretti Road to Elderberry Road. An evacuation advisory has been issued for the community of Pine Mountain Lake. Communities along Ferretti Road from Highway 120 to Pine Mountain Road and Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Smith station have been evacuated. Evacuation center is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.


The Rim fire has transitioned into unified command with Cal Fire and Forest Service on August 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Fire continues its eastward spread along Packerd Canyon Road and Pilot Ridge. Structure defense continues for San Jose Camp, Spinning Wheel and Tawonga Camp as the fire moves up the middle fork of the Tuolumne.

The fire continues to spread northwest burning past Butcher Knife Ridge and moving into Grapevine Creek; northeast up the Tuolumne River Drainage from the Gravel Range past Jones Point Lookout; and continue to spread southeast edge along Hwy 120 to the east.

Firing operations have begun on Ferretti Rd. as the fire progress west towards the community of Pine Mountain Lake. Direct suppression methods have been successful.

The availability of fixed wing air craft is pertinent to the success of suppression operations. The use of Maffs C-130s and the V-LAT DC-10 has greatly improved suppression efforts. Use of Military Rotary wing aircraft continues today.

In the next 24 hours the fire is expected to continue up the Tuolumne River canyon, and continue its spread to the north and east.

Due to inaccessible, steep terrain and active fire behavior a combination of direct and indirect attack will be used on this incident. Direct line suppression efforts are impeded by difficult access and steep inaccessible terrain. 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.

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 1,849
Size 63,366 acres
Percent Contained 1%
Fuels Involved

Brush, Oaks, and Pine

Fire Behavior

The fire burned actively throughout the day. Active fire continued to north in Duckwall area and up Cherry Creek and the Tuolumne River Canyons. Spotting continued on the west flack of the fire. Fire continues to burn actively to the east along the Mather Road and southeast along Pilot Ridge.

Significant Events

Structure defense continues. Highway 120 is closed four miles west of Groveland Ranger Station and four miles east of Buck Meadows. Ferretti Road was closed. 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

The Rim Fire has transitioned into unified command with CalFire. Approximately 2,500 structures are threatened to the west of Ferretti Road north of Highway 120. Fire continues to spread eastward. Due to inaccessible, steep terrain and active fire behavior a combination of direct and indirect attack will be used on this incident. The Southeast Blue team is shadowing the South Central Sierra Interagency Management Team today and will assume command of the Rim Fire tomorrow.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 6-12 mph SW
Temperature 83-90 degrees
Humidity 17-22%
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