Rim Fire Coverage

Stories, links and resources associated with the Rim Fire which started on August 17, 2013 in Tuolumne County near Groveland.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Rim Fire updates will be posted here starting Wednesday, Sept. 4. Additional coverage, as provided, will continue to be added below.

Update: Sunday Sept. 22: 12:00 a.m. - Full containment is expected on Oct. 1. The fire has burned 256,895 acres, and is now 84 percent contained. There are 1,321 personnel still working the incident. 

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  • Dry Weather Speeds Rim Fire Cleanup

    January 29, 2014

    The lack of rain and snow in the Sierra has helped speed cleanup of one of the worst fires in California history. Crews have made substantial progress on land burned in the Rim Fire.

  • Rim Fire Damage Estimated At $800M

    December 27, 2013

    The devastating Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park cost the local economy about $800 million, according to a new report.

  • Courtesy of Mountain Heritage Days, Oakhurst

    Celebrations Go On In Aftermath Of Rim Fire

    September 19, 2013

    The Rim Fire burning in and around Yosemite is expected to be 100 per contained by midnight. Tourism in the region has taken a big hit, but businesses in Oakhurst and Groveland are hoping to recapture some of those tourist dollars starting tomorrow.

  • Rim Fire Leaves Sierra 'Moonscape' For The Ages

    September 18, 2013

    Fire officials say devastation from the Rim Fire is the largest in the area since the 14th Century, calling the area a contiguous 'moonscape.' The fire is now 84 percent contained.

  • Rim Fire Aftermath to be Discussed at Sunday Twain Harte Meeting

    September 7, 2013

    Fire officials plan to discuss the status of the Rim Fire with area residents at a special meeting, set for 6 p.m. Sunday at the Twain Harte Park Amphitheater in Twain Harte. Containment is holding at 80 percent, while the fire continues to burn.

  • Photo courtesy USFS - Mike McMillan

    Rim Fire Caused by Hunter's Illegal Fire

    September 5, 2013

    Investigators from the U.S. Forest Service say they know how the fire still burning in Yosemite National Park started. The State of California will recover much of what it spent fighting the fire.

  • Rim Fire Fact Sheet

    September 1, 2013

    The Rim Fire burning in Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park is the largest wildfire to date in the U.S. this year, and remains the No. 1 priority for wildland firefighting. Get the latest details on the fire.

  • Photo courtesy USFS - Mike McMillan

    Rim Fire - Sunday Update: Full Containment Expected in Three Weeks

    September 1, 2013

    Fire officials estimate the full containment date of the Rim Fire is Sept. 20, as progress continues. As of late Saturday, 222,777 acres had burned, with 40 percent containment. More than 5,000 personnel are working the fire. Update: 12 a.m. Sunday.

Rim Fire - Wednesday Update: Structure Toll Rises, Air Quality Worsens
Wed, Aug 28, 2013

The California Air National Guard is using unmanned aircraft to assist in fighting the Rim Fire, which has grown to 192,466 acres and is 30 percent contained. More than 4,500 personnel are now working to fight the fire. Update: 10:30 p.m.

Rim Fire Costing Plenty, Hurting Some Businesses
Tue, Aug 27, 2013

The Rim Fire has cost more than $27 million, and climbing, but it's also hurting the pocketbooks of people who live there and effecting the local economy as a major holiday approaches.

Rim Fire - Tuesday Update: Evacuation Areas Expand as Fire Keeps Growing
Tue, Aug 27, 2013

The Rim Fire continues to spread, but firefighters are making progress on several fronts. Containment is holding at 20 percent, with the fire consuming 184,481 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and a portion of Yosemite. Update: 11:00 p.m.

Businesses Effected By Rim Fire Eligible For Tax Reprieve
Mon, Aug 26, 2013

People who own businesses effected by the Rim Fire can apply for a temporary delay in having to pay taxes to the State of California.

Rim Fire - Monday Update: Fire Grows To More Than 225 Square Miles
Mon, Aug 26, 2013

The fire has grown to nearly 161,000 acres, and the evacuation advisory area expanded as the blaze has jumped a road in the Highway 120 corridor. Containment has grown to 20 percent, thanks to air drops to slow the fire's growth. Update: 10:10 p.m.

Rim Fire - Sunday Update: Winds Fan the Flames, Fire Now 14th Largest in CA History
Sun, Aug 25, 2013

Weather conditions have fanned the flames, as the Rim Fire grew more than 10,000 acres today. The fire has burned nearly 144,000 acres, with containment at 7 percent. More than 2,800 people are working the incident. Update: 8:05 p.m.

Rim Fire Keeps Growing, Containment Slow
Sat, Aug 24, 2013

The evacuation order for some residents in the Rim Fire area has been lifted, although the blaze continues to burn hot. Containment stands at 5 percent late Saturday, with air tankers and helicopters helping slow the fires' progress. Update: 8:55pm

Rim Fire Continues to Grow at 'Explosive Rate'
Fri, Aug 23, 2013

The fire has burned more than 125,000 acres, with containment now at 5 percent as of late Friday. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for San Francisco due to threats from the Rim Fire to the utility systems. Update: 11:30 p.m.

Rim Fire Triples in Size Overnight, Crews Added
Thu, Aug 22, 2013

The Rim Fire near Groveland in Tuolumne County has grown to nearly 64,000 acres, and additional resources have been assigned to the incident in the Stanislaus National Forest near Groveland. Containment has slipped to 1 percent. UPDATED 10:31 p.m.

Fires and Hot Temperatures Worsen Air Quality in Northern California
Mon, Aug 19, 2013

The air quality in canyons on the west slope of the Sierra has been in the unhealthy range for all groups range for about a week. But air quality is expected to improve as more of the American Fire is contained and as thunderstorms move in.