Updates from Cal Fire information, plus localized observations:
Yesterday the Rim Fire crossed Old Yosemite Road in Mariposa County. The spot fire prompted expanded mandatory evacuation orders from authorities.
The Rim Fire had grown to 219,277 acres as of yesterday morning, August 30, 2013, a growth of roughly 16,000 acres from the previous day. The southeastern edge of the fire continues to now be the most troublesome section, with spot fires jumping the containment lines due to the winds and geography of the area east of Pilot Peak.
The expanded evacuation orders listed at the Cal Fire website in Mariposa County covered:
On Friday, August 31, 2013 0630 a.m., the Mariposa County Sheriff has expanded the Mandatory Evacuation along Old Yosemite Road to include areas North and South of Bull Creek Road to Little Grizzly Mountain.
Today August 31, 2013 at the 7:00 p.m. update by Cal Fire, the Mariposa Sheriff had lifted the extended mandatory evacuation in the area of North and South of Bull Creek Road to Little Grizzly Mountain.
Yesterday, the Tuolumne County Sheriff relaxed portions of the evacuation advisory notices covering:
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday lifted the evacuation advisory for Tuolumne City, Soulsbyville and Willow Springs. The evacuation advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest.
The Tuolumne County restrictions noted above remain in effect as of 7:00 p.m. August 31, 2013. The Rim Fire is shown at the Cal Fire Incident Information page, as the largest active fire in California, at 343 square miles, with approximately 98 linear miles of fire line to be worked on.
The number of personnel on the fire has grown to 4,995 along with increased amounts of equipment and a cost to date of $54.8 million.
For those with Labor Day weekend vacation plans in the Yosemite national Park, there are some closures, while most of the Park remains open and unhindered by the fire, according to Cal Fire:
Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed. The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure
for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.
Additional details are available from the Stanislaus Forest Supervisor’s Office at 209-532-
3671; the Mi-Wok Ranger Station at, (209) 586-3234; also, Summit Ranger Station at, 209-965-3434; or at the Groveland Ranger Station, 209-962-7825
The Evacuation centers at the Sonora Fairgrounds and Greeley Hill Community Center remain open at this time. The local food bank is collecting donations in support of the effort to feed the evacuees.
For the current smoke conditions in Yosemite National park, the webcams at the Yosemite National Park Service website offer various views.
The Rim Fire today grew from 219,277 acres to 222,777 acres, containment of 35% yesterday, August 30, 2013 was increased today to 40%. Local observations of smoke in the area are markedly lessened from those of last week and even much less than yesterday, despite the temporary respite, the Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District and the NOAA have kept the air quality alerts in place.
Fire fighting units from Los Angeles County were observed leaving Tuolumne County this afternoon, with units from elsewhere replacing them.The total number of personnel on the ground and in the air fighting the fire is now 5009.
With 40% containment, it is possible that a corner has been turned in the battle to slow down, and eventually to stop the growth of what is now the 4th largest fire in California history.