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article imageSixth largest fire in California history, 30% contained

By Gar Swaffar     Aug 28, 2013 in Environment
Sonora - The Rim Fire is now reported at 192, 466 acres. 301 square miles of incredible devastation in a pristine wilderness area.
11 residences, 97 outbuildings, and 3 commercial buildings have been burned, but there is good news too.
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Update: 8/29/13 0630 PST
The morning update from Cal Fire shows the acreage increasing to 192,737 acres, with 4,840 personnel working on the fire. It is not made clear from any of the State information websites if thee increase is due to actual growth of the fire overnight or simply a better calculation from the use of the drone last night.
The State InciWeb site does indicate the "Night time fire intensities were increased compared to the previous two nights."
The hazy skies and high level of particulate bearing smoke remain heavy in throughout the county this morning also.
Full containment is now estimated to be September 20, 2013.
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192,466 acres are being reported by Cal Fire on August 28, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. The fire is also now at 30% containment and fire crews, all 4537 of them, are making very significant headway in controlling what is now the sixth largest fire in California history, a record everyone locally would have preferred was not established.
There is however, more good news than simply gaining greater containment on the fire. The area of Groveland, Ca. which had been under enforced evacuation orders was cleared for the residents of both Clements Road, and Graham Ranch Road to reenter according to a statement by spokesperson Jerry Snyder of the Stanislaus National Forest.
The states Incident Reporting website reports: Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along the Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge will remain closed.
The California National Guard has also lent the use of a drone aircraft to fighting the fire, the drone has infrared capabilities and is able to fly lower and slower to see through the smoke to direct the efforts of the fire fighting aircraft and the crews on the ground.
The webcam looking southwest from the Crane Flat Helibase shows both the Rim Fire and the monsoonal moisture arriving today.
School closures remain in affect for all of Tuolumne County until next Tuesday at the earliest, for a return date, due to the health advisory from Tuolumne County Health Department and the Incident Commanders recommendation. The air has been thick with smoke every morning for more than a week now, and doesn't normally clear up until 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
Today, a photo was taken at approximately 10:30 a.m. which shows the air quality which residents are living with.
Hazy skies prevail
Hazy skies prevail
Masks are being worn by some residents to mitigate the effects of the smoke and ash.
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