The Rim Fire has now been reported at InciWeb as having burned 125,620 acres, which is a 20,000 increase since this morning at 0630 hrs August 23, 2013, and grown on the east, northern and western fronts. The fire has entered the western boundary of Yosemite National Park also. 196 square miles of forest and wildland have been scorched so far.
The unincorporated town of Tuolumne, and Soulsbyville, along with the Ponderosa Hills Subdivision, and also the Sherwood Forest subdivision have been added to the Advisory Evacuation list.
The full list of evacuation advisement's from MML are:
Tuolumne City plus
• Ponderosa Hills
• Pine Mountain Lake (other than Units 11, 11A and 12 which are mandatory)
• Camp Mather
• Berkeley Family Camp
• Hardin Flat
• Ferretti Road
• Clements Road
• Camp Tawonga
• Buck Meadows
• San Jose Family Camp
• Rainbow Pool
• Yosemite Inn
• Early Intake
• Evergreen Lodge
• Packard Canyon
• Spinning Wheel Forest Service Facility
• Cherry Creek Campground - evacuated
A map of the burn area at ENPLAN Wildfire Viewer showing MODIS satellite data for the fire perimeter and rate of spread allows a view of how fast the fire has moved and also where the fire is spotting out in front of the fire perimeter by zooming in on the largest fire in the state of California.
The number of homes now threatened by the Rim Fire is difficult to ascertain precisely due to the very rural nature of the communities, but is likely to be in excess of 7,500 in all of the communities combined.
Th health advisory issued by Tuolumne County Health Department is still in effect, as are the school closures in the affected areas.
MML reports there were 102 evacuees at the evacuation shelter last night, and Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services expects that number to triple tonight to 300-400 people, along with various pets which are being housed at the Sonora Fairgrounds also.