Rim Fire has burned almost 54,000 acres

The Rim Fire, which started Aug. 17 and is located in the Stanislaus National Forest on the Groveland Ranger District, has burned almost 54,000 acres. It grew from 16,228 to 53,866 acres overnight. It has destroyed nine structures, and is threatening 2,500 structures. More than 1,300 fire personnel are on hand to fight the fire. The fire is two percent contained. Cost to date is $2.8 million. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Highway 120 is closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic. Ferretti Road and Highway 120 to Pine Mountain Drive, Smith Station at Highway 120, Cherry Lake at Highway 120, and Evergreen Road are also closed.

An evacuation advisory has been issued for the community of Pine Mountain Lake. Communities along Ferretti Road from Highway 120 to Clements Road and Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Smith station have been evacuated. Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and Greeley Hill Community Center.