Rim Fire continues to burn

Staff ReportAugust 28, 2013 

The Rim Fire located north-east of Oakhurst has grown to more than 185,000 acres as crews try to stop the fire from spreading eastward along Packard Canyon Road and Pilot Ridge.

More than 4,000 firefighting personnel , C-130’s, DC-10 firefighting airtankers, helicopters and bulldozers battle the blaze that as of Aug. 28 is only 23% contained.

The fire is threatening more 5,500 structures while destroying 111 structures 11 of which were residential. The fire has caused three injuries, the cause of the injuries are unknown.

The fire continues to grow into Yosemite National Park although the park remains open and authorities are calling it one of the largest in California’s history.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residence north of Old Yosemite Road. A evacuation center is located at Mother Lode fairgrounds in Sonora. Highway 120 remains closed for all routes in and out of Yosemite National Park to Crane Flat campgrounds. Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek campgrounds, both located along Tioga Road, have been closed and White Wolf campground and White Wolf Lodge will remain closed.

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