Coverage of the Rim Fire
Stories, links and resources associated with the Rim Fire which started on August 17, 2013 in Tuolumne County near Groveland.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rim Fire updates will be posted here starting Wednesday, Sept. 4. Additional coverage, as provided, will continue to be added below.
Capital Public Radio reports
Yosemite National Park has announced the reopening of some areas that had been closed because of the Rim Fire last summer and fall.
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.
The devastating Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park cost the local economy about $800 million, according to a new report.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to make federal disaster aid available to the State of California because of this summer's Rim Fire in Tuolomne County.
There is a fundraising dinner in Sonora tomorrow for ranchers who suffered significant losses in the Rim Fire this summer.
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.
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.
The Rim Fire has grown to the third largest in California history, with full containment expected on Sept. 20. Officials say it could take decades for the landscape to recover.
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.
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.
The fire continues to grow slowly, with containment holding at 80 percent. Total acreage burned is 237,341 acres and 3,975 personnel are working the incident. Approximately 2,490 structures remain threatened. Update: 11:45 p.m. Wednesday
As firefighters gain control over the Rim Fire, environmental groups have begun addressing erosion dangers for the Tuolomne River area.
Mandatory evacuations for Mariposa County have been lifted, as firefighters continue to make progress on the Rim Fire. The fire has burned 235,843 acres, and is 75 percent contained. There are 4,359 personnel working the incident. Update: 12:18 p.m.
Firefighters continue to make steady progress from the air and ground, as containment of the Rim Fire has grown to 70 percent. Total acreage burned stood at 235,841 Monday evening. Update: 9:30 p.m.
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.
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.
The mandatory evacuation for areas around Bull Creek Road to Little Grizzly Mountain have been LIFTED. The fire has grown to 219,277 acres acres, with containment holding at 35 percent. Update: 4:25 p.m.
Cal Fire says it’s making progress on the Rim Fire burning in Tuolumne County.
Firefighters are making progress in slowing the growth of the Rim Fire, using burnout operations on the ground and an aggressive attack from above, using air tankers and helicopters. Update: 11:15 a.m.
CalFire says crews are turning the corner against the "Rim Fire" burning in the Yosemite National Park area. Time lapse video added. Update: 1:26 p.m.
Rim Fire - Wednesday Update: Drone Deployed to Assist Firefighters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Evacuation Orders Issued in Rim Fire Path
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 Grows Past 63,000 Acres, Containment Elusive
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.
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