The Yosemite Rim Fire has destroyed nearly 255,146 acres as of 9:00 pm Tuesday September 10 and is at 80% containment with an estimated full containment to be reached by Friday September 20, according to Inciweb.
Federal fire officials have reported that the cost of fighting the Rim fire has reached $100 million.
This has prompted the Tuolumne River Trust to start seeking aid to repair charred forests and river beds.
Eric Wesselman, the executive director of the Tuolumne River Trust, officially launched the "Rim Fire Recovery Campaign" according to NBC News.
“96 percent of the Rim Fire has burned in the Tuolumne River Watershed causing widespread damage to an incredibly special place that millions of people depend on and enjoy,” Wesselman said at the news conference. “We’re looking to Sens. (Diane) Feinstein and (Barbara) Boxer to lead the way to make sure the funding is there to repair the damage.”
Fire crews on the ground Monday hustled to contain 15 spot fires that broke out past fire lines along Tioga Road in Yosemite, the Forest Service said.
A 14-mile stretch of the California 120 inside the park remained closed Monday from Crane Flat to White Wolf.
Many local residents in and around the wildfire are facing encounters with wildlife as the fire is bringing them down into lower elevation.
Mariposa, Oakhurst and the surrounding mountain communities have been impacted by the smoke but with a low pressure system that hit Tuesday at 11:45 am, air conditions have improved according to the Mariposa Gazette.
However, smoke has remained a factor in Yosemite Valley.
The Yosemite Rim fire is now the third largest wildfire to have hit California history.