LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Yosemite’s Rim Fire Map 2013 near Groveland, California spread dramatically overnight. While the California Wildfire map remains extensively active today, like the Idaho Fire Map, the Groveland blaze has remained a difficult fire to fight. It remains at a mere one percent containment now, having burned sixty-three thousand acres. Incident Commander David Cooper has nearly two thousand fire fighters on scene. But the situation for the fire near Highway 120 has not improved steadily.
Structure defense is still underway for Yosemite’s Rim Fire. The fire map prompted the closure of Highway 120, roughly “four miles west of Groveland Ranger Station and four miles east of Buck Meadows. Meantime, Ferretti Road remains shutdown as well. The fire is not in Yosemite but just miles to the west.
Officials are warning residents that the fire is spreading north east currently and will run up the Tuolumne River through the weekend. The fire is getting closure to Pine Mountain Lake as well. “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.”
Meantime, late Thursday a new evacuation order was issued, this time for Ferretti Road. “The Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office has issued an evacuation order for residents north of Ferretti Road to Elderberry Road. An Evacuation Order is issued when there is an immediate threat to life and/or property.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency this week. Officials remind travelers that Yosemite is open but four miles of Route 120 are closed. Groveland is still threatened. The community is twenty-five miles from Yosemite’s entrance.
In a news statement, park spokesman Scott Gediman said “The fire is totally outside the park,” Gediman said. “The park’s very busy, people are here. There’s no reason that they should not come.” For the latest fire map click HERE. And for continued coverage click HERE.