LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Yosemite Rim Fire 2013 now includes parts of the park. The Groveland, California blaze is now inside Yosemite Park. On Thursday, Yosemite officials assured news that the fire was not inside Park grounds, and that Yosemite was open for business. But even then, the fire was only twenty-five miles from the entrance, and had closed one Yosemite route. Today the situation got far worse.
Incident Commander Wilkins tells news that the fire “continues burning east and has crossed the Yosemite National Park boundary.” The Yosemite Rim Fire 2013 continues to add burned acres daily. By late Friday, it was at one hundred five thousand acres, having burned through brush, oaks and pine. The fire is only at two percent containment, officials tell news, despite an addition of nearly a thousand fire personnel on the scene. The fire now is being battled by 2,011 personnel as the blaze “actively growing to the north of the Duckwall area and up Kibbie Ridge, southeast, and east. The fire burned actively throughout the night. ”
Yosemite is open. But today an “evacuation advisory [was] issued for the City of Tuolumne and Ponderosa Hills. This advisory has been issued by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.”
Smoke in the area remains a continued concern. “Smoke exposure within the deep drainage of the Clavey River will be an issue for fire crews as well.” And while Yosemite is open, parts of Highway 120 are still closed. Namely “four miles west of Groveland Ranger Station and four miles east of Buck Meadows” will remain closed through much of the weekend along with Ferretti Road as well.
Meantime a new team is in charge of the fire tonight. “The Southeast Blue Team assumed command of the Rim Fire on August 23 at 6:00 A.M. and will remain in unified command with CalFire.” For the latest fire map click HERE. And for continued coverage click HERE.