Rim Fire 30% contained

August 29, 2013 

The Rim Fire continues to grow north-east of Oakhurst and has grown close to 200,000 acres as of Thursday Aug. 29.

Crews have reached 30% containment as they work to stop the fire from spreading eastward along Packard Canyon Road and Pilot Ridge.

The fire continues to grow into Yosemite National Park, charring more than 40,000 acres of the national treasure. Officials say the park will remain open to the public and has no intentions on closing.

More than 4,800 firefighting personnel , C-130’s, DC-10 firefighting air tankers, helicopters and bulldozers battle the blaze that is ranked as California’s 7th largest in history. Fire crews have estimated containment between Sept. 10 and Sept. 20.

The fire continues to threaten more than 4,500 structures and has already destroyed 111 buildings, 11 of which were residential. There has been four injuries do to the fire however, none of them were life threatening.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residence north of Old Yosemite Road. An 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.

The cost of the fire has surpassed $39 million.

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