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article imageFirefighters gaining, but Rim Fire increases to 187,466 acres

By Gar Swaffar     Aug 28, 2013 in Environment
Groveland - Firefighters continue to battle the flames in California's Sierra mountains, but the fire continues to grow. Still more than 5,500 structures threatened.
Cal Fire has updated the size of the fire this morning down to 187,466 acres.
The fire grew to more than 189,466 acres on Tuesday August 27, 2013, with firefighters gaining a bit more control of the fire, with new containment figures at 23% as of this morning August 28, 2013, reports Cal Fire.
Backfiring operations are to cover several sections of the fire today, with the weather cooperating to allow the process of starting fires in front of the fire to direct it towards granite escarpments in the high county and unpopulated areas elsewhere.
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir south to Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park is one area the firefighters will be working in to stave off even greater problems near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which serves as the primary source of water and power for San Francisco.
Tuolumne Berkeley Family Camp is responsible for the large increase of structures lost to the fire, while there are still only 11 residences lost, 3 commercial properties and 85 tent cabins and outbuildings were lost at the camp, raising the total structures lost to 111.
At this point there have only been three injuries, all reported to have been minor, while the number of personnel on the fire has increased to 4,191 along with 508 engines, 17 helicopters, 62 dozers, and 75 fire crews.
Resources for this fire have become a critical factor in stopping the spread. With the size of the fire at nearly 300 square miles, it simply takes a lot of people and equipment to stay on top of all that is happening in such a large area.
Advisory evacuation notice remains in effect for the south side of the Highway 108 corridor from Pinecrest to Soulsbyville, It also includes Tuolumne City, Ponderosa Hills and Willow Springs in Tuolumne County.
All residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill in Mariposa County remain under evacuation warning.
Unsettled weather is predicted to enter the Mother Lode area and continue through Saturday, the system may bring rain, along with new thunderstorms and lightning.
Tuolumne schools throughout the county will remain closed this week due to the extremely smoky skies and health advisory alerts issued by the Tuolumne County health department.
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