Rim Fire Crosses The 100k Acre Mark

I cannot recall any wildfire in recent history that grew this large as quickly. At the present rate of growth this will challenge record acreage for California fires.

Incident Overview 

(Inciweb)

The Rim fire has transitioned into unified command with Cal Fire and Forest Service on August 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Fire continues its eastward spread along Packerd Canyon Road and Pilot Ridge. Structure defense continues for San Jose Camp, Spinning Wheel and Tawonga Camp as the fire moves up the middle fork of the Tuolumne.

The fire continues to spread northwest burning past Butcher Knife Ridge and moving into Grapevine Creek; northeast up the Tuolumne River Drainage from the Gravel Range past Jones Point Lookout; and continue to spread southeast edge along Hwy 120 to the east.

Firing operations have begun on Ferretti Rd. as the fire progress west towards the community of Pine Mountain Lake. Direct suppression methods have been successful.

The availability of fixed wing air craft is pertinent to the success of suppression operations. The use of Maffs C-130s and the V-LAT DC-10 has greatly improved suppression efforts. Use of Military Rotary wing aircraft continues today.

In the next 24 hours the fire is expected to continue up the Tuolumne River canyon, and continue its spread to the north and east.

Due to inaccessible, steep terrain and active fire behavior a combination of direct and indirect attack will be used on this incident. Direct line suppression efforts are impeded by difficult access and steep inaccessible terrain. Active fire behavior today raises safety concerns for crews adjacent to the fire’s edge. Smoke exposure within the deep drainage of the Clavey River will be an issue for fire crews as well.

The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is managing the Fire as of August 18, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.

 

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Saturday August 17th, 2013 approx. 03:15 PM
Location Groveland Range District, Stanislaus NF
Incident Commander Wilkins/lawshe

Current Situation

Total Personnel 2,011
Size 105,620 acres
Percent Contained 2%
Fuels Involved Brush, Oaks, and Pine


Update: 

AM 209
105,620 acres & 2% contained – 2,011 personnel assigned – 4500 structures threatened

Excerpts from 209 report – The Rim fire had spotted across the Tuolumne River below the Ferretti Road north of Pine Mountain Lake. Firing operation along Ferretti Road have were successful in holding the fire in the Tuolumne River Canyon… the fire continues its northwest spread and has burned past Sugar Loaf Mountain and is holding on Duckwall Ridge. The fire has progressed past Woods Ridge to the west and over Cottonwood Road and is approaching Jawbone Pass Pond …The fire has established itself on Kibbie Ridge… and has burn to the north between Cherry and Eleanor lakes… the fire has spread to east to within 2.5 miles of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and has burn around the community of Mather.

The Rim incident continues to increase in size expanding by 51,828acres, Heavy smoke and rapid rates of spread hamper line location assessments. The Southeast Blue team will transition command at 0600 today. The Rim fire continues unified command with Cal-Fire. Approx. 4500 structures are threatened on the Rim incident. Fire continues its eastward spread and is approaching Yosemite Park. Structure defense continues for San Jose Camp, Spinning Wheel, Saw Mill Road, Tawonga Camp and Mather as the fire moves to the east. Due to inaccessible, steep terrain and active fire behavior a combination of direct and indirect attack will be used on this incident. The availability of fixed wing air craft is pertinent to the success of suppression operations. Today the use of MAFFs C-130s and the V-LAT DC-10 will greatly improved suppression efforts. Use of Military Rotary wing aircraft will continue today.

Assigned resources – 37 hand crews (12 strike teams & 13 single resource crews), 236 engines (44 strike teams & 16 single resource engines), 37 dozers (6 strike teams & 25 single resource dozers), 21 water tenders

2 Comments

  • Ex local firefighter says:

    When all is said and done, there are groups that go up Cherry Oil Road and put in on the Clavey River. They stop in the area of the fires point of origin for lunch. Rafting operations are probably the only ones that can access this area and time will tell if the environmentalists have burned up their lively hood. Please be careful all you firefighters, this is a very volatile area for burning, much of which was not touched in the ’87 complex over twenty five years ago.

    • FireBlogger says:

      This fire is a freak. It’s devastating the forest in some spots. I saw one image of a couple hundred acre patch with nothing left, not even stumps! This is not healthy burning.

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