RIM FIRE Spreads to about 180,000 Acres
Posted by feww on August 27, 2013
Ferocious fire becomes 7th largest in California history
Rim Fire wildfire consumed an additional 20,000 acres (~12.5%) overnight, charring a total of at least 179,481 acres (280mi², or 726km²) by 07:30 PDT (UTC -7 hours) on Tuesday, reported Cal Fire.
The massive fire spread further east and north overnight, pushing deeper into Yosemite National Park. The eastern flank of the blaze has now burned to within a few hundred yards of Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which supplies most of San Francisco’s water.
The monster blaze is now the 7th largest in California’s history (and climbing the chart), less than 94,000 acres behind Cedar Fire (273,246 acres), the largest fire ever recorded in California, which left 14 people dead and more than 2,820 structures destroyed in San Diego area, October 2003.
Seventeen of the the top 20 wildfires in California have occurred since 1985.
RIM FIRE has already destroyed 111 (31 residences, 80 outbuildings), according to Cal Fire.
However, an earlier news bulletin by Reuters said the blaze had destroyed homes and “1,000 outbuildings…“
Rim Fire Incident Information
- Last Updated: August 27, 2013 7:30 am
- Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
- Administrative Unit: Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
- County: Tuolumne County, California
- Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
- Acres Burned: 179,481 acres (Containment: 20% contained)
- Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial)
- Structures Destroyed: 111 (31 residences, 80 outbuildings)
- Injuries: 3
- Cause: Under Investigation
- The evacuation advisory from Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108 has been expanded to Pinecrest Lake. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated.
- A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01), and an Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.
- An evacuation advisory issued from Mi-Wok to Pinecrest along the Highway 108 corridor. This advisory has been issued by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. (An evacuation center is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.)
- Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic to Crane Flat Campground. Highway 120 east
- 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.
Links and Background Information
- RIM FIRE Raining Ash on Key SF Reservoir August 27, 2013
- RIM FIRE continues to grow; burns 23mi² in YNP August 26, 2013
- RIM FIRE Forces New Closures at Yosemite National Park August 25, 2013
- State of Emergency Declared for SF due to RIM FIRE August 24, 2013
- RIM FIRE Crosses into Yosemite National Park August 24, 2013
- State of Emergency Declared as Calif. Wildfire Explodes August 23, 2013
- Large Wildfires in the West Burn Homes, Force More Evacuations August 21, 2013
- State of Emergency Declared in 31 Montana Counties due to Wildfires August 20, 2013
- Beaver Creek Fire Consumes 100,000 acres
- “Take Your Essentials Belongings and Pets and GO NOW” August 18, 2013