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RIM FIRE Now 4th Largest Wildfire in California History

Posted by feww on September 1, 2013

Colossal  Wildfire devours 223,000 acres (901km²), including about 50,000 acres in Yosemite National Park

RIM FIRE has become the 4th largest wildfire in California history after devouring about 223,000 acres (901km², or 348mi²), including about 6.5 percent of Yosemite’s backcountry, as it targets two groves of YNP’s very old sequoia trees.

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Rim Fire information may change until the fire is contained. Source: Cal Fire.

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Rim Fire Wildfire Fire Consumes Forest.  South Flank Fire Activity. Photo credit: USFS/ Mike McMillan

Fire Stats

  • Last Updated: August 31, 2013 19:00 PDT
  • Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
  • Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
  • Acres Burned: 222,777 acres
  • Containment: 40% contained
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial) – [NOT updated Editor]
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (11 residences, 97 outbuildings, 3 commercial)
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Administrative Unit: Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
    County: Tuolumne County


An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences of Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and at the Greeley Hill Community Center.

The Mariposa County Sherriff lifted the Mandatory Evacuation along Old Yosemite Road to include areas North and South of Bull Creek Road to Little Grizzly Mountain.

An evacuation advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest.

Road Closures 

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

Other Stats

  • Total Fire Personnel: 5,069
  • Total Fire Engines: 433
  • Total Fire crews: 119
  • Total Helicopters: 41
  • Total Dozers: 88
  • Total Water Tenders: 58

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