Rim Fire explodes overnight
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 9 a.m. - Overnight the Rim Fire exploded from just a few hundred acres to over 10,000.
A recent update now states that 2,500 structures are threatened and seven have been destroyed. A total of 455 firefighters are now on the scene.
The fire is currently west of Lumsden Bridge in the Tuolumne River Canyon, north of the Clavey River, east of the Clavey and Tuolumne River, and south of Highway 120 beyond Rainbow Pool. An evacuation order is still in effect for the Buck Meadows area of Mariposa County. .
Currently, Hetch Hetchy is closed and some Hetch Hetchy employees have been evacuated as a precaution. The northern portion of Yosemite Park is heavily affected by smoke and visitors and employees are urged to exercise caution when in and around these areas.
Hodgdon Meadows area is currently without power. There is no estimated time frame as to when the power will be restored. Temperatures in the area remain high throughout the week with high chances of lightning through Wednesday.
Yosemite National Park Rangers are currently assisting the Incident Command Team and Tuolumne County Sherriff's Office and will continue to assist throughout the fire.